Jim Devine, a Democratic strategist, sent out a tweet from his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon with the hashtag "HuntRepublicanCongressmen" after the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise.
"I think it speaks for itself," Devine said of the tweet on Thursday afternoon. "Yesterday's events are the result of escalating rhetoric and vitriol that has been evident in our political system culminating with the election of our president and the chickens came home to roost, you know?"
The tweet was first reported by the MoreMonmouthMusings.net political blog.
Devine said that the tweet may come as a shock to some, but it may awaken others to the vicious political environment that he said has emerged in the last couple years and swelled dramatically since President Donald Trump's election.
"I think some people will be shocked and offended," he said, "and other people might be woken up to the fact that this is nothing that wasn't invited by things like Sarah Palin's crosshairs on Gabby Giffords before she was shot."