An official with the Nebraska Democratic Party was fired Thursday after an audio recording surfaced of him saying he was glad House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot last week.
“His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to fucking kick people off fucking healthcare,” said Phil Montag, a technology chairman with the state Democratic Party. “I hate this motherfucker. I’m glad he got shot.”
“I wish he was fucking dead,” Montag continued.
Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb, who confirmed the voice on the recording was Montag’s, said he was fired.
“We obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it’s comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting,” Kleeb Nebraska’s Fox 42 KPTM. “Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left.”
Scalise suffered a gunshot wound to his left hip after a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staffers practicing for the annual congressional charity baseball game.
Doctors said the bullet caused damage to Scalise’s bones and internal organs and caused severe bleeding. He was at “imminent risk of death” after the shooting, doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital said last week. Since then, Scalise’s condition has improved, and he was listed in fair condition Wednesday.
Three others at the baseball practice were also shot, including Capitol Police special agent Crystal Griner, Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika and congressional staffer Zach Barth.
The gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, carried with him a list containing the names of six GOP lawmakers, and reportedly was upset with the results of the election.
Two Republicans at the practice said Hodgkinson approached them as they were leaving and asked if Republicans or Democrats were playing.
Hodgkinson, 66, had made numerous postings on social media criticizing Republicans and President Trump, and supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.