Ezra Klein’s tweet about Rep. Scalise shooting is as tone deaf as they come

Some tweets are better left in drafts.

Jun 14, 2017, 10:14 am*

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David Covucci 

David Covucci

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While Vox tends to pride itself on being above the hot take industry that dominates the media, Ezra Klein, the explainer site’s editor-in-chief, on Twitter apparently isn’t. Today, in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), he tweeted that Americans were lucky that they live in a world where “politics rarely lead to violence.”

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874970394813444096

America, as any casual observer of American society knows, is an extremely violent place, and its violence is based in politics, a fact Twitter was swift to point out. For example, not a few minutes after Klein’s tweet, the head of Flint, Michigan’s health department was charged with manslaughter for the city’s water crisis.

https://twitter.com/nkulw/status/874973470240772098

That’s just one instance. There were plenty, plenty more.

https://twitter.com/fivefifths/status/874978941790015488

https://twitter.com/amandamull/status/874980861736779776

https://twitter.com/juliacraven/status/874981487589945344

https://twitter.com/Patrick_Wyman/status/874984826360668160

It’s such a patently bad a take that it even got the Mocking Spongebob treatment

https://twitter.com/gatorgoat/status/874986379809361921

Ezra, thankfully, though, whose wheelhouse is explaining the news, explained this news.

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874982719050182657

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874983112593342464

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874983526181023744

Then there’s this.

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874984691786543104

What?

That take immediately aged poorly.

Anyway, Klein continued.

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874985545109295104

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874985685354250240

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874985991404216320

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/874986232513785858

As everyone pointed out, we all already knew this. Merely the fact that no one was surprised or shocked that sitting U.S. congresspeople were the target of gun violence disproves his first tweet.

Thankfully, Twitter knows how to explain that news to people who may not get it.

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*First Published: Jun 14, 2017, 10:13 am