Today is 6/14, a day that should live in infamy. This is the day that American democracy took a barbaric hit, when – five years ago on June 14, 2017 – the Democrat Party’s dangerous, violent rhetoric incited one of its members to attempt, and almost succeed in carrying out, the largest-scale political assassination in our nation’s history. On June 14, 2017, a Democrat tried to murder dozens of Republican Congressmen as they innocently gathered to play baseball at a field just outside the nation’s capital. The Democrat insurrectionist succeeded in seriously injuring Rep. Steve Scalise and three others, including two police officers, before brave law enforcement officials stopped him and saved the rule of law. This June 14 commemorates the five-year anniversary of the “Congressional Baseball Massacre” — an actual domestic terror attack carried out by a Democrat.
The Democrat-run media will, of course, not air a special live broadcast marking this anniversary. Congress will not hold a series of solemn events or observe a moment of silence commemorating the deadly insurrection, and the president will not deliver a special address condemning the Democrat Party’s violent rhetoric as a threat to democracy.
But the day must be commemorated nonetheless – so history remembers the time when one political party openly advocated violence against its political rivals and nearly succeeded in wiping several out.
Inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ false claim that “36,000 people will die yearly” if the Republican Congress succeeded in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, one of Sanders’ supporters, a home inspector with no history of mental illness, set out with the express intent to “terminate the Republican Party.” The 6/14 insurrectionist campaigned for Sanders and was a supporter of Barack Obama. The Congressional Baseball Massacre came in the wake of a deluge of calls for violence against Republicans by Democrat politicians and their supporters in the media and in Hollywood. To name a few examples: just two weeks earlier, in May of 2017, Democrat comedian and far-left CNN contributor Kathy Griffin posed in a Mexican cartel-style photo featuring a mock severed and blood-soaked head of the recently-elected Republican president; also in May of 2017, Democrat rapper Snoop Dogg posted a video depicting him murdering the Republican president; at a Democrat rally in January of 2017, pop star Madonna had mused about blowing up the Republican-occupied White House.
The horrific attack had no effect on the stream of hateful Democrat rhetoric. Just days after the attack, Sanders posted a tweet reasserting his earlier claim that Republican policies were murdering people, stating: “Let us be clear and this is not trying to be overly dramatic: Thousands of people will die if the Republican health care bill becomes law.” Other Democrats also continued to call for violence against Republicans in the immediate wake of 6/14, including less than one week later when Democrat actor Johnny Depp publicly suggested murdering the Republican president: “When was the last time that an actor assassinated a president?… It has been a while, and maybe it is time.”
There were no indictments, impeachments or hearings after the Congressional Baseball Massacre. Democrat far-left extremist militia groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter have not been charged with conspiracy, arrested, or held in prison. On the contrary, instead of calling for justice, even the Republican politicians called for “unity.”
The history books of the future are being written today, and as George Orwell said in his novel 1984, “presently some master brain in the inner Party would select this version or that… and then the chosen lie would pass into the permanent records and become truth.”
On this fifth anniversary of 6/14, the Congressional Baseball Massacre, we must remember – to quote President Biden – “in life there’s truth and, tragically, there are lies – lies conceived for profit and power. We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie.”
Rabbi Jonathan Gross is a civil rights attorney with the Clevenger Firm.