A terrible incident occurred Wednesday morning in which a lone assailant opened fire on a GOP Congressional Baseball Game practice with a rifle. The attacker, who once volunteered on Democratic Senator Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign, managed to wound five in the dozens of rounds that he released, including two Capitol police officers. It is clearly an unwelcome event for anyone of sound moral character on the ideological right or left.
However, former House speaker and Republican presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich has went on Fox News to claim that this attack is a symptom of the climate that the political left has created. He blames comedians like Kathy Griffin (who posed with the bloodied prop head of President Trump) and theatrical plays that depict the president being assassinated for creating a liberal atmosphere that condones violence.
“The intensity on the left is very real,” Gingrich explains as he describes the left-wing “hysteria.”
In response, Fox News’s Melissa Francis actually began to object to this line of thinking, stating: “With respect, though, even if everything you’re saying is true, to talk about it in those kinds of terms, in left and right, right now in the wake of it, does that make sense?”
Gingrich affirms that he believes it does, and protested at her assertion to “rise above it.”
The exchange may be viewed below, and respect should be given to Francis for at least alluding that the condoning of violence is not a partisan issue.