A CNN panel shamed President Donald Trump for his violent rhetoric just hours before a gunman murdered 49 people at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Trump bragged that his “tough” supporters — military and police — could do something “very bad” if political events in America reached “a certain point.”
Former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockart scolded the president:
Words matter. This is the president of the United States, and it doesn’t matter what his motivations are, people listen and in some cases they act upon it.
Former “Meet the Press” host David Gregory called out Trump supporters who defend the president by claiming that his rhetoric is just for show:
If we live in an age where we say, “Well, we’re not going to take him literally, it’s just Trump being Trump,” that doesn’t pass. That’s ridiculous. I mean, Joe’s exactly right: Words matter because the presidency is about something more than the occupant.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota then played video clips of Trump using violent rhetoric on the campaign trail, such as the time when he encouraged followers to “knock the crap out of” protesters.
(Source: CNN via YouTube)