GOP Congressman Connects D.C. Shooting to Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric

A Republican is stepping up and calling out Trump BIGLY for contributing to division within the U.S.

The day before the annual Congressional baseball game a gunman came to the practice of the GOP team and injured 5 people. Republican Representative Mark Sanford was interviewed at the game following the shooting and had some hard hitting words to deliver about Donald Trump. 

Sanford did not outright blame the gunman’s attack on Trump, but he did point out that much of Trump’s rhetoric is hateful and even violent. Sanford thinks that as our nation’s leader, Trump has made a contribution to the hostility and division in the U.S. today.

CNN reports:

President Donald Trump’s violent rhetoric is “a problem” that has led to great division in the country, a Republican congressman told CNN Thursday.

“The blame can go on the Republican side, it can go on the Democrat side, but when the President says to somebody in the audience, ‘I wish I could hit you in the face. If not, why don’t you do it and I’ll pay your legal fees,’ we ought to call it for what it is. That’s a problem,” South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford told CNN’s Anderson Cooper at the Congressional Baseball Game.

At a February 2016 rally, then-presidential candidate Trump told his supporters about protesters: “Knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”

Trump later denied that he ever offered to pay the fees, but admitted that he instructed his people to look into paying the legal fees of a supporter who sucker punched a protester at a North Carolina rally.

Democrats defeated Republicans in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game the day after a gunman opened fire at a GOP congressional baseball practice, shooting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others.

Sanford, who has frequently been at odds with the President, did not fault Trump for Wednesday’s assault.

“And I want to be clear, I didn’t blame him for the shooting that took place,” he said. “What I said was ‘We have gotten to the point in terms of breakdown in civility in our country, that it’s a problem and that everybody’s to blame.'”

This tragic event should open Trump’s eyes to the violence that is occurring, violence that he is no doubt contributing to. He needs to take responsibility for what comes out of his mouth.

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