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Chuck Todd Predicts Political Environment Will Only Get Worse: ‘The President Sets the Tone’

Following a week of violence from mass murders to a string of attempted bombings, President Donald Trump‘s critics are demanding the commander in chief tamp down his often divisive and incendiary rhetoric.

In the wake of 11 deaths in Saturday’s anti-Semitic shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, NBC’s Chuck Todd said “it’s hard not to look at it and see that it is connected” to a rise in fiery politics.

“We have a problem and we have a president who doesn’t seem to believe he has a role to play in dealing with it, and I think that is what is making this more of a[n] uncomfortable situation in our politics,” he told the network’s Willie Geist in a Sunday interview just before his Meet the Press broadcast.

On whether things would improve, Todd offered a grim prediction.

“I don’t think it gets better. I think it gets worse because at the end of the day, the president sets the tone,” he said, adding that “he is setting the rules and just like there’s the rule in physics, every action gets an equal and opposite reaction, and so how he conducts himself it is going to trickle down, and so until he changes his way or sets a different tone, the tone isn’t going to change.”

Before this weekend’s synagogue massacre, pipe bombs were sent to top Democrats and CNN by a Trump supporter and last Wednesday, and a white man in Kentucky allegedly shot and killed two black people in a parking lot after attempting to enter a Baptist church, CNN reported.

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