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A New Jersey Democratic strategist didn’t even wait 48 hours after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) before advocating hunting down Republicans. Just jaw-dropping hatred and he’s not backing down. He launched the hashtags #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen. James Devine claims “the chickens are coming home to roost.” Devine is a longtime political strategist and wasted no time tweeting in the wake of the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria on Wednesday that “we are in a war with selfish, foolish & narcissistic rich people.”

Hateful and vile doesn’t begin to describe this douchebag. His incitement engendered a furious reaction to the tweet, sent as Scalise was still in critical condition. Devine proceeded to make fun of the “hand wringing on Fox News.” Then to provide himself cover, he tried to link Scalise to David Duke. He then had the gall to tell MyCentralJersey.com that the shooting was 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?” Dude… are you so moronically dense you can’t even admit the vitriol is primarily coming from the left? Idiot.

From HeatStreet:

After a shooter in Alexandria left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition and wounded four other people, a longtime New Jersey Democratic political strategist responded by introducing the hashtags #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen.

“We are in a war with selfish, foolish & narcissistic rich people,” wrote James Devine on Twitter. “Why is it a shock when things turn violent? #HuntRepublicanCongressmen.”

Devine has run for office, consulted for numerous New Jersey campaigns, and worked in the offices of state lawmakers. He’s also a blogger.

In an interview with MyCentralNewJersey.com, Devine said, “If you want to invite a class war, then you have to expect people to fight back at some point.” The Democratic strategist also wrote on Facebook that he had “little sympathy” for Scalise because of his lack of support for gun control.

Several New Jersey Democrats criticized Devine’s comments and said they did not endorse violence.

But Devine has refused to apologize and has continued using the controversial hashtags.

“I am sorry if my #HuntRepublicanCongressmen hashtag hurt the feelings of any GOP snowflakes but you have not egaged in civil discourse,” Devine said on Twitter late Thursday afternoon.

Devine laughingly says he doesn’t condone violent acts, while at the same time calling for them on Twitter with the cunning use of hashtags. He said, “If you want to behave in an uncivilized and violent manner, which I do not condone, but if you want to operate under those circumstances then you have to be prepared to accept those consequences.” Then he accused Republicans of starting a “class war.” Okay, that’s transference and deflection. We all know this Marxist class war crap has come solely from the left. “If you want to invite a class war,” he said, “then you have to expect people to fight back at some point.” He’s turned it upside down and inside out, a la Saul Alinsky.

On Devine’s website, he claims to have served in multiple roles in the state, including as the Democratic State Committee political director between 1992-3, where he “authored the coordinated campaign plan that helped Bill Clinton become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win New Jersey since 1964.” Not a resume enhancement in my book.

On Thursday, he offered a snarky apology, saying, “I am sorry if my #HuntRepublicanCongressmen hashtag hurt the feelings of any GOP snowflakes but you have not engaged in civil discourse.” Then he of course tried to attack Sarah Palin. You guys really need to get new material. That was debunked long ago and you just look even more lame and dishonest every time you bring up that stupid crosshairs crap. Other New Jersey Democrats quickly distanced themselves from Devine’s apparent incitement, with a spokesman for New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie claiming to MyCentralJersey.com to be “in no way associated with Mr. Devine’s hashtag.” I might believe that if the calls for violence were not so prevalent on the left. The difference with Devine is that he told the truth and showed his real face.

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