Explosive devices were recently mailed to roughly a dozen prominent Democratic figures and CNN. While the alleged suspect was arrested, his motivation has not yet been determined. None of the bombs went off, no one was injured, and it’s unclear if the suspect ever intended to do more than just scare the people whose names he wrote on the envelopes.
However, it didn’t take long for Democrats and their allies in the legacy media to insist that President Donald Trump and Republican “rhetoric” were to blame. Rather than wait for the facts, some have already determined that Trump and an anti-Democrat bias are responsible.
Dems Condemn Violence – When It’s Against Them
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) released a forceful statement condemning the bomb scares, after her office received a package.
“I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, D.C., office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI,” Waters said. “I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”
Perhaps no one else provides a more apt example of hypocrisy on violent rhetoric. Waters is against violence – only when it’s against her and the Democrats. She doesn’t seem to mind at all when her political opponents are at risk.
Over the summer, Waters urged her supporters to personally challenge and harass Trump administration officials. “And if you see anybody from that [Trump] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said, encouraging confrontation that could easily lead to violence.
Judging by the media’s reaction this week, one might believe only right-wingers are carrying out acts of violence. That, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth. Several prominent media figures and Democrats have made forceful, vicious, and aggressive comments about conservatives. Some have even implicitly promoted using violence against their political opposition.
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace asked one of her panelists in May if they ever had the urge to choke White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her neck?” Wallace asked. She also “joked” earlier this month that she told Jeb Bush during the 2016 presidential election that he should have “punched [Trump] in the face.”
Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently said, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.” In that same week, former Attorney General Eric Holder responded, “When they go low, we kick ‘em,” when asked about November’s midterm elections.
“If you’re going to shoot him, you have to shoot to kill.”
During an April appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the eponymous host asked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) if she would rather be stuck in an elevator with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, or Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Does one of us have to come out alive?” Harris joked about one of the three officials being killed.
While speaking to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe responded, when asked about Democrats defeating Republicans, “If you’re going to shoot him, you have to shoot to kill.” Speaking of CNN, one of the network’s contributors Phil Mudd once said during a live segment, “The government’s gonna kill this guy,” referring to Trump. In 2015, self-described GOP strategist Rick Wilson told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that people have to “go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump.”
Last summer, a deranged supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shot Louisiana GOP Rep. Steve Scalise during a Republican congressional baseball practice session. The FBI determined that the suspect had a hit list of Republican names, and reportedly wanted to kill several others on the ball field.
Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right, but many argue that the media and leftists have no place to pose as if they are the moral authority on civility. Those blaming Trump and his “rhetoric” for the bomb scares this week are the same people who endlessly call him a Nazi, compare him to Adolf Hitler, and “joke” about physical harm against the president. If Trump is to blame for a clearly deranged person sending out mail bombings, then Democrats and the media are to blame for the violence that has and could still happen against Republicans.