During an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, a Republican law maker admitted that President Donald Trump’s violent rhetoric may be one of the reasons for Wednesday’s shooting that left two Republican congressmen injured.
On Thursday’s episode of “Morning Joe”, Rep. Mark Sanford talked about the shooting that put two of his colleagues in the hospital and also wounded two Capitol police officers and a legislative aide as well as the fury he has seen during public meetings with constituents.
“I would argue that the president is at least in partially — not totally, but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed, whether it’s what I saw at a senior center back home and people saying, ‘F-you, f-you and f-you,’ at a retirement center where they’ll see each other playing croquet the next day,” said Sanford. “The fact you have the top guy saying, I wish I can hit you in the face — why don’t you, and I’ll pay your legal fees.’”
“That’s bizarre — we ought to call it as such,” Sanford added. “What I’ve said back home, some of these people have been frankly weird and different in a town hall meeting, I say what is going on? They’ll say look, if the guy at the top can say anything to anybody at any time, why can’t I?”
“I think, very carefully, we have to talk about the added dynamic here because you have the right and left, the extremes on the right and the left,” Brzezinski said. “You have fake news, you have conspiracy theorists who are really muddying the waters, and we have become desensitized.”
“We also have a president who pushes fake news and conspiracy theories, from birtherism to promoting violence on the campaign trail — this is the new dynamic here,” Brzezinski added. “I’m not putting anything squarely on the president, but I have to say that this is the new added dynamic to what is a very dangerous climate.”