By Shawn Rice
President Barack Obama once said to Democrats that if your opponents bring a (rhetorical) knife to a fight, you should bring a gun. That comment is now receiving attention following a gunman opening fire against Republican members of Congress practicing in Alexandria, Virginia ahead of the annual charity baseball game.
This was not the first time that the quote was taken out of context. Actor Scott Baio engaged in a contentious debate on MSNBC with NBC national correspondent Tamron Hall on July 19, 2016, during which Baio asserted (at the two-minute mark in the video shown below) that Obama had once said “if they bring a knife to an argument, you bring a gun.”
The exchange in question occurred during a debate over civility, and Hall challenged Baio over both his own comments as well as comments made by President Donald Trump:
BAIO: Listen, there’s different levels to me. You want me —
HALL: I’m asking.
BAIO: You want me to be square and nice to everybody.
HALL: No, I don’t. I want you to be what you say —
BAIO: Wait a minute, wait a minute. I let you talk.
BAIO: Let me talk. And you want me to be sweet and gentle to a man, a president, who says if they bring a knife to an argument, you bring a gun. That’s what President Obama said. Now, if you want me to go after a guy like that — all bets are off at that point.
HALL: That’s absolutely not true. But I’ll tell you this.
BAIO: That’s an absolute fact. That is a quote.
HALL: The person that you support, the person that you support — the person you support said, he could take a gun out on Fifth Avenue and shoot someone in the head, and you would still support him. Is that true?
Baio is not the first to use that quote from Obama, as shown in an Fox Business News segment that featured a longer version of the quote.
They’re going to try to scare people. They’re going to try to say that ‘that Obama is a scary guy.’ If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.
Many social media users were sharing the quote following the tragic events at the Congressional baseball practice. Many were doing so to support their rhetoric of a violent group of people in the Democratic party. Here are some examples.
“Argue with people, get in their face.” “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” – Barack Hussein Obama #AlexandriaShooting
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 15, 2017
Just gonna leave this here
Obama quote.. when they bring a knife you bring a gun…
— Lori (@SmilelyLoriLynn) June 14, 2017
Rhetoric and Bullets: “They bring a knife we bring a Gun” ~Barack H. Obama https://t.co/PHLCXKkpRf
— Carnivore of Go to the full article.
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