Chuck Todd: ‘We Are All to Blame’ for the ‘Toxic Stew’ of Political Discourse
Chuck Todd briefly talked at the top of today’s MTP Daily about the increasingly heated tone of our political debate following today’s horrific shooting at the GOP baseball team’s practice.
By now we have learned that the shooter was a Bernie Sanders fan who hated Republicans and President Trump, and one congressman on the field said the shooter asked if it was Democrats or Republicans playing today.
Todd criticized “partisans from both sides [who] are trying to make the shooting a referendum on the other party’s viciousness,” even directly calling out Newt Gingrich for his comments today blaming the “hostility on the left.”
And then Todd said this:
“Folks, some want to blame the left or the right or us in the media. But here’s who it seems too many folks don’t want to blame: themselves. We are all to blame. This toxic stew that passes for political discourse seems beyond repair in the current moment. Just look at social media. For too long, our collective politics has demonized the other side for caustic behavior while rationalizing that same behavior when it comes from someone who shares their politics. Maybe we ought to borrow another phrase that we’re all asked to do, when you see something, say something. And for political leaders, when you see caustic behavior, no matter if that person agrees with you, why don’t you say something to them?”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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