As House Rep. Steve Scalise recuperates from his assassination attempt by a gunman who attacked a congressional baseball practice he was at on Wednesday, he may want to rethink about who saved his life that day. Scalise is a man who has spoken at “an international conference of white supremacists, and reportedly referred to himself as “David Duke without the baggage.” Even in the aftermath of Scalise’s shooting, Duke praised him for “defending white civil rights”. As a man who keeps the company of bigots, would he change his stance if he knew who saved his life that day- a queer black woman?
As reported by Fusion:
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.
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.
Crystal Griner, a Capitol Police officer, was one of two special agents on Scalise’s security detail yesterday who helped take down shooter James Hodgkinson. People at the scene said that the two officers prevented an all-out “massacre” on the field that day, engaging in a firefight with Hodgkinson before killing him.
Griner sustained wounds in the fight, and she, like Scalise, was in a hospital recovering last night. By her side was her wife, Tiffany.
We’re willing to bet that Scalise is grateful too.
Griner protected Scalise as her duty as an officer, but as a politician who’s to serve the public’s best interests, Scalise has time and again failed miserably catering to only the needs of whites, and evangelical Christians. Scalise willing to strip the rights away from someone willing to give theirs for his is the ultimate act of hypocrisy and is clearly and act of him exercising his cis white privilege to ignore the facts that people of color and people of differing sexual orientations are important, valuable Americans worthy of equality.