Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said Friday people can't attack one another personally and think that events like Wednesday morning's shooting at a baseball practice being held by Republicans won't happen.
"It's one thing to say I disagree with you on healthcare repeal or taxes or on your plan for national security, but you can't attack people personally in a way, and think that tragedies like this won't happen," Conway said in an interview on Fox News.
James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., opened fire on Republicans who were practicing for Thursday's congressional baseball game.
.@KellyannePolls: You can't attack people personally, rather than on policy, and think tragedies like the Virginia shooting won't happen pic.twitter.com/bKG56n6S1H— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 16, 2017
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot in the hip and remains in critical condition. Hodgkinson also shot and wounded three others.
In the wake of the shooting, Republican and Democratic lawmakers have issued calls for unity and an end to the fiery partisanship that has heightened in recent years.
While many members of Congress have been reflecting inward, others are looking to the role Trump has played in influencing the current political environment.
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., cited comments the president made on the campaign trail last year, including one about wanting to punch a protester in the face, as proof that for many Americans, the man at the top sets the tone for what is acceptable behavior.
"I would argue the president has unleashed, partially, again not in any way totally, but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed," Sanford said in an interview on MSNBC on Thursday.
Conway, meanwhile, said some lawmakers are already "reverting back to their hateful rhetoric," even as others continued to grapple with and reflect on Wednesday morning's shooting.
"We will continue to disagree on policy and on issues, but I would really ask people to think about the hateful rhetoric," she said.