Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski Thursday suggested President Trump shares some of the blame for Wednesday’s shooting attack against Republicans by a crazed Trump opponent who critically wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
Brzezinski, during a discussion of the attack, indicated Trump helped create the climate for it:
We also have a president who pushes fake news and conspiracy theories, from Birtherism, to promoting violence on the campaign trail. I mean, this is the new dynamic here. 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.
She should immediately apologize.
Why is the mainstream media not raving about the Left’s endless attacks against Trump and even suggestions of violence, like the killing Trump as Julius Caesar, raising his severed head, etc? Raving of the type we heard against Republicans after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011? Why is today’s blame shared bipartisanly?
Scarborough spent much time on the show Thursday pontificating weightily about the problem of overheated rhetoric and the need “to figure out how to work together and get along” because “we are one family.” This, the same Scarborough who last week called Trump “a schmuck” who tries to “buy people’s integrity,” and who last month said Trump sounded like he had dementia and that had acted during his recent trip to Europe like a “thug” and an “idiot.”
Personally, I think that’s fine. Short of advocating violence, I don’t mind rhetoric, overheated or otherwise. U.S. history is replete with it, and the Bill or Rights was designed to protect it.
It is true, as Brzezinski says, that Trump at times advocated rough treatment of aggressive and potentially violent protestors at his rallies. He shouldn’t have done that.
But suggesting that the president of the United States is in any way responsible for a shooting by a crazed individual is itself overheated rhetoric and hatred for the president brought to profoundly ugly depths.
I mean, if you want to play this game, what is more likely to be responsible for the shooting of Republican lawmakers, something Trump said or the daily, obsessive Jihad waged against the Republican president by two MSNBC anchors?
To imply any causality between what Trump or anyone else has said and what happened Wednesday is an outrage. When someone shoots someone, they are to blame. Not the president, not Bernie Sanders or Chuck Schumer and their nasty rhetoric, not anyone else.