The inanity that President Donald Trump’s “rhetoric” is inspiring violence has been limited to some figures on the Left, until earlier today.It goes without saying that those on the Left would treat this as an isolated incident, as it counteracts the narrative that Trump is inspiring violence against whatever victim group the Left pretends he’s against.
Surprisingly, there’s one Republican pointing the finger at Trump too: womanizer Mark Sanford.As the Washington Examiner reported:
President Trump is “partially to blame” for the hostile, polarized environment that led to Wednesday’s shooting during a baseball practice being held by congressional Republicans, Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., said on Thursday.
“I would argue the president has unleashed, partially, again not in any way totally, but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed,” Sanford said in an interview on MSNBC.“The fact is you’ve got the top guy saying ‘Well I wish I could hit you in the face and if not, why don’t you and I’ll pay your legal fees,’ that’s bizarre. We ought to call it as such,” he continued, paraphrasing remarks Trump made at a campaign rally last year.
“They’ll say, ‘If the guy at the top can say anything to anybody at any time, why can’t I?'” Sanford said. “I think we all need to look for ways to learn from what happened yesterday.”
In his words, Trump is “partially to blame for demons” making Americans act “weird and different.”
This is truly the logic Sanford is trying to push here: that a 66-year-old man, previously arrested for a domestic dispute (resulting in his shotgun being confiscated), and driving under the influence, and who had made anti-Republican posts on his social media dating back nearly a decade, wouldn’t have been this way if only Trump wasn’t so unfiltered.
Yeah, sure.[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]