GROSS: 'Fusion' Taunts Republican Steve Scalise While He Fights For His Life

We can always count on Fusion for some of the hottest takes.

After House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip by a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter, the outlet sought to taunt the Republican who is in critical condition fighting for his life.

"Bigoted homophobe Steve Scalise's life was saved by a queer black woman," reads the Fusion headline.

Good thing he's just a dirty Republican and not an actual human being.

The piece is no better than the headline. Writer Anne Branigin first sets the stage by slandering Scalise as a racist:

Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip who was shot by a gunman who attacked a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, has kept company with racists. He was forced to apologize for speaking at an international conference of white supremacists, and reportedly referred to himself as “David Duke without the baggage.” Following Scalise’s shooting, Duke praised him for “defending white civil rights.”

Scalise has since commented upon his speaking engagement at the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), a group with alleged ties to white supremacist David Duke, which were apparently unknown to Scalise at the time. "Twelve years ago, I spoke to many different Louisiana groups as a state representative, trying to build support for legislation that focused on cutting wasteful state spending, eliminating government corruption, and stopping tax hikes," said Scalise in a statement. "One of the many groups that I spoke to regarding this critical legislation was a group whose views I wholeheartedly condemn."

"It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold," he added.

Then, predictably, Branigin equated Scalise's support for traditional marriage with LGBT hatred.

Scalise has also been described as one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in Washington. He’s voted against LBGTQ rights over and over again. He also authored Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Like many of his ilk, he said he was only trying to protect “traditional” marriage.

The take-away: "So it is a point of especially delicious irony that Scalise, who survived the attack (and is reportedly in critical condition), may owe his life to a queer black woman," she writes, referring to heroic Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner.

Pretty vile stuff.

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