Washington Post Editor: ‘People Are Literally Dying’ Over Political Climate Created by Trump, GOP
Washington Post global opinions editor Karen Attiah said Congressman Steve King (R-IA) and President Trump are generating a “global western poison” that contributes to the spate of violence the United States has seen recently.
Attaih joined MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk about King’s battle with the NRCC chair, after the lawmaker from his own party condemned him for his frequent winks to white nationalists. When asked for her thoughts, Attiah argued that the rhetoric from King and Trump has an impact that goes beyond America, and “people’s lives are on the line.”
Attiah cited three Kansas men convicted of trying to bomb Somali refugees, who “said in court Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric helped to influence their decision to take peoples’ lives.”
“This is not just a matter of rhetoric, of distractions, of cultural ploys. This is a matter of people dying over the climate that’s being created by not only the White House, being condoned by people like Steve King and even Lindsey Graham. People are dying. People are literally dying over this. I think that is one thing that Americans need to consider when they go to the polls: is this the country that we want to be? The last two weeks we’ve had, if I were any other country, I’d be issuing travel warnings to the United States over the climate and over the violence we have seen.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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