Conservatives are opportunistically using the shooting of Republican members of Congress in Virginia to blame the left’s political stance, suggests Jeremy Stahl of Slate. They have blamed left-wing media for inciting this sort of violence with its anti-Trump rhetoric. Given long-standing Republican animosity towards media that criticizes its leaders, it seems that this outrage is politically motivated. The president has openly publicized his desire to limit the criticism that he receives from American newspapers. This raises worries about Republicans encouraging the limitation of liberal free speech within the media.
The saddening gun attack on Republican members of Congress was in-part inspired by the left’s strongly antagonistic rhetoric against Trump, holds Rachel Campos-Duffy of Fox News. Democrats, from journalists to late-night TV hosts, should understand the effect that their combative language can have. Several recent examples, from brutality at college campuses to Trump supporters being attacked at rallies, points towards a growing acceptance of violence against those who hold conservative values. The left’s political dialogue needs to be toned down, to prevent the spread of further violence.