MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough challenged the country to “calm down” their political rhetoric early on Thursday in the wake of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice. Scarborough said on his show, “Morning Joe,” that his prayers are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and the others who were shot early Wednesday morning and “are still struggling.” As of late Wednesday night, Scalise is still in critical condition, and four other people were wounded in the violent shooting of Republican lawmakers.
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Scarborough went further talking right to the citizens of America, “The heated rhetoric in this country has to calm down. We’ve been saying it on this show for a decade now,” Scarborough said. “It’s actually the purpose of this show, where you can actually debate other people and get along at the end. There has been a disconnect in American society, in American culture and in American politics.”
The MSNBC host said that the heated rhetoric has been “driven in part” by social media, heated cable news, fake news and hate mongers “who actually make money and become fabulously wealthy creating conspiracy theories that paint the other side as evil.”
After this politically motivated act, President Trump called for unity. “We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country,” Trump said Wednesday in a statement from the White House. “We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace and we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good,” the president’s statement continued.
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