‘Partially To Blame’: S.C. Republican Tears Into Trump Following The Shootings (VIDEO) | THE POLITICUS

‘Partially To Blame’: S.C. Republican Tears Into Trump Following The Shootings (VIDEO)

While conservatives are busy the evil liberal media™ for the level of public anger directed toward Donald Trump after a gunman fired at GOP lawmakers at a baseball practice the previous day, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) blamed Barack Obama. But a South Carolina Republican wasn’t going to shift the blame after the divisive rhetoric the current occupant of the White House has unleashed during his campaign and after taking office.

Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC) didn’t appear to have selective memory issues on Morning Joe Thursday. Sanford said that Trump was partially at fault for the toxic political arena our country has found itself in that resulted in the attack on Republicans at the Congressional baseball practice.

“There are forces at play that I’ve never witnessed before in the roughly 20 years that I’ve been involved in politics,” Sanford said.

“I think we have to watch out as a society because, if we don’t watch out, civility is indeed a part of civilized government and an open political system,” Sanford continued. “If you let these forces play out, I think we end up at a very, very bad spot. I think what happened yesterday was symptomatic of it.”

Sanford then tore into Trump, saying that the former reality show star is partially to blame for the shootings in which James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on Republicans.

“I would argue that the president is at least in partially – not totally – but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed. The fact that 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,” he said. “We ought to call it as such. 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 we all need to look for ways to learn from what happened yesterday and to say, wait a minute, this is a pause moment,” Sanford added. “What might I do a little differently in the way I reached out to other members.”


Conservatives demonized what they called political correctness, and after the shooting, they’ve been blaming Democrats for not being politically correct. Sanford is correct; civility in politics would go a long way, but Trump heated up his rhetoric and it set into motion something that nurtured violence.

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