There was a moment – however painfully brief – two weeks ago when it seemed that Democrats just might tone down their political rhetoric. No, they weren’t going to admit in public that their unhinged war on President Trump might have inspired a gunman to go on an unsuccessful murder spree in Alexandria, Virginia, despite the clear evidence that it did. No, they weren’t going to even make a show of a public apology. Of course not. No one really expected that.
But what we might have expected – what we had a RIGHT to expect – was that they would at least quietly tone it down. We didn’t need a public mea culpa; we just needed them to calmly, subtly turn away from the extremist rhetoric they’ve been spewing for the last two years. Donald Trump has brought the lunatic fringe of the party into the mainstream, and they have been especially thirsty for blood ever since he defeated Hillary Clinton in November. But now that blood has been drawn, it is incumbent upon elected Democrat officials and top party spokespeople to take a step back, do some self-examination, and realize what kind of harm their propaganda can cause.
Instead, they’re doubling down.
Last week, two of the most prominent women in the party used the grisliest comments possible to deride the Senate healthcare bill. First up, Elizabeth “Don’t Call Me Pocahontas” Warren, who tweeted, “I’ve read the Republican ‘health care’ bill. This is blood money. They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives.”
Right. So…this is exactly the kind of incendiary rhetoric that makes a wildly-unhinged Democrat like James Hodkinson think, “Hmm, well, if the government is getting ready to KILL people with a piece of legislation, then going after them with a gun is really just self-defense, right?” It triggers the martyr button. It makes dumb liberals think that the Republican Party is a machine of evil, out to ruin the lives of everyone who makes less than $500,000 a year. It makes them feel hopeless, trapped, and victimized, which is the perfect recipe for political violence.
Next up was failed 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton who tweeted, “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”
Oh, well, if they’re the “death party,” that makes it okay to kill them, right?
You can’t recklessly make these comments without expecting that they will land on ears that do not believe that voting Democrat will make any difference. And to make them just days after one of your own lunatics tried to assassinate several Republican congressmen is the height of irresponsibility.