Republican leaders’ political rhetoric ‘inspires violent political acts’

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said Monday on CNN’s “OutFront” that “the violent political rhetoric embraced by Republican leaders is inspiring violent political action.”

Swalwell said: “If you look at this individual’s Facebook page and the Facebook pages of Donald Trump, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, they are identical. So the violent political rhetoric espoused by Republican leaders inspires violent political acts from individuals like this. So we all have a responsibility to condemn him because when we don’t condemn him, what we saw on January 6 is considered permission. The best evidence that we condemn it has an effect is January 6th. We saw hundreds of people when Donald Trump said it was time to go home, they went home. So, believe it or not, it may seem like crazy people are listening to a leader, committing acts of violence or going home, it actually carries a lot of weight. More Republicans need to speak out. Otherwise, someone will get killed. Paul Pelosi almost was.

He added, “Democrats are very passionate about the issues in our election, but not one of my colleagues has advocated for violence. I think that’s the difference. Yes, these arguments sometimes get heated, and we’ve all said things we regret. But also, and fellow Republicans glorified violence.

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