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Watch Scott Pelley’s Powerful Essay: ‘Violence Almost Always Begins With Words’

At the close of tonight’s broadcast of CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley took aim at both sides of the political spectrum — and the leaders and talking heads who inhabit them — regarding overheated rhetoric that is now in the spotlight in the wake of the Congressional baseball shooting.

“Too many leaders and political commentators who set an example for us to follow have led us into an abyss of violent rhetoric that has, it should be no surprise, has led us to violence,” Pelley noted.

The CBS News host pointed out that the Congressional shooting wasn’t the first time irresponsible words have led to the threat of violence as he brought up the Pizzagate conspiracy and the Comet Ping Pong shooting.

Highlighting examples of violent rhetoric used by Bernie Sanders — Congressional shooter James Hodgkinson was a Sanders supporter — and President Donald Trump, Pelley summarized his essay by explaining how their words have massive impact.

“As children, we’re taught words will never hurt me,” the anchor stated. “But when you think about it, violence almost always begins with words. In Twitter world, we’ve come to believe that our first thought, is our best thought. It’s past time for all of us — presidents, politicians, reporters, citizens, all of us — to pause, to think again.”

Watch the clip above, via CBS News.

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