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

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.”

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.

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

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

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

Then there’s this.


That take immediately aged poorly.

Anyway, Klein continued.

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.

David Covucci

David Covucci

David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]