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Rep. Higgins, Indivisible Acadiana team up to send political message

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Congressman Clay Higgins is teaming up with a group he's often at odds with: Indivisible Acadiana.

It's the same group that recently staged a "die-in" outside his Lafayette office over his health care vote, but Monday night both sides were backing one message.

Days after Congressman Steve Scalise was shot and critically injured in an alleged planned attack on politicians, Higgins and Indivisible Acadiana group members decided to set political preferences aside and join forces for a news conference.

"There is a deep divide in this country, and a lot of anger on both sides. It is more important than ever for us to agree that violence is not the answer," said Indivisible Acadiana President James Proctor.

"All of us need to look into our own heart and ask ourselves, do we grasp the fact that our words have meaning?" said Higgins.

Just weeks ago, Higgins and the group were at odds over differing views. Specifically, after a social media post Higgins wrote calling for the killing of quote: "radicalized Islamic suspects."

Face-to-face on Monday, the congressman was asked if he has any regrets regarding that statement, and the way some perceived it.

"Regret is a broad statement," said Higgins.

A reporter in the room continued the question, "Do you think it contributed to the climate of heated rhetoric and violence that culminated in Steve Scalise's shooting last week?"

"Well, that is a very pointed question that I think is deserving of a great deal of conversation, maybe over a cold beer. But, the bottom line is that words have impact, and that is what came into my heart," Higgins answered.

After about half an hour of questions and conversation, the room parted ways with their joint message against violence in politics still in tact.

"I was satisfied with the outcome of today that he and I both share a deep concern about the safety of our democracy, and as an organization we feel the same way," said Proctor.

"Although, we may be divided ideologically, we're bonded by the American spirit that represents the country that we love," said Higgins.

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