Notwithstanding the recent assassination attempt against Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and other Republican members of Congress, the vile, hateful, and violence-inciting rhetoric of Democrats and their friends on the left continues. A few disturbing and outlandish examples:
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "hundreds of thousands of people will die" if the Republican health bill passes.
- Entertainer Johnny Depp: "Maybe it’s time" for the president to be assassinated.
- Hillary Clinton: the Republican Party is the "death party."
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the Republican health care bill is "blood money" and "people will die."
- Nebraska Democratic official Phil Montag: He was glad Rep. Scalise was shot and wished he "was (expletive) dead."
- Rolling Stone writer Jesse Berny: President Trump and the GOP want to pass a health care bill that would "kill far more Americans than ISIS and al Qaeda could ever dream about."
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Vermont Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of whose supporters tried to kill Scalise and other Republicans, joined the "people will die" or "be killed" chorus.
I am sad to say that such unabated, unchallenged, and dangerous toxic rhetoric will not stop until it leads to a political execution!
I do not know if the victim will be a Republican, Democrat, anti-Trump entertainer or a cable news host.
What brings me to this gloomy conclusion?
Just as the shooter in Virginia reacted to the spiteful, noxious, and poisonous anti-GOP tirades of the left and many Democratic leaders when he attempted to assassinate Republican Congressmen and Senators, who knows how many anti-Trump/Republican disturbed haters like him are ready to pick up his torch to finish the job as they feed upon the violence inspiring speech of recent days such as that referenced above.
Those uttering the detestable language should realize that their friends and allies on the left don’t have a monopoly on those on the fringe who could take their inciteful messages seriously and strike out against those whom they are told would cause the death of Americans and "push granny over the cliff."
Don’t doubt for a minute that somewhere out there in the audience consuming this vile oratory against Republicans and the president are the Virginia shooter’s counter parts on the political right extreme who will say that it’s "our turn" to reciprocate against Democrats and their cohorts of fear and veneomus speech.
They will go after Democrats and anti-Trump entertainers just as the Virginia shooter went after Republicans. Their disturbed rationale: revenge!
Those cited above and others who are flooding the political landscape with the caustic and toxic gasoline of hate speech are just inviting someone on the left — or right — to light the match that will ignite a bond fire of political assassinations such as we see in third world countries.
Has the mainstream media asked any Democrat leader in Congress or Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, on Sunday talk shows or other media interviews, to disavow such statements as they surely would have if they came from a Republican talking about Democrats?
Not that I know of!
Have any Democratic leaders, or any Democrat, condemned such inflammatory remarks? Have their allies on MSNBC or CNN, or their friends at The Washington Post or The New York Times, said that such comments were out of bounds as they surely would have if such vile comments came from Republicans or conservatives?
Not that I know of!
If the unthinkable happens, the blood will be on the hands of those Democrats and their leftist allies who have planted the seeds of resistance hate, intolerance, and violence and their comrades who have and continue to remain silent!
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.
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