Thinking About Incitement

“He was hunting us.” Those were the words of Republican Congressman Mike Bishop describing the depraved gun assault on members of Congress while they were innocently fielding ground balls and practicing base hits on a suburban Virginia field. The politics of personal destruction became literal.

Within a few hours, the president and congressional leadership put aside bitter partisanship and spoke of what unites us a nation. President Donald Trump noted, “We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country” and that “our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, his voice sometimes choked with emotion, said, ...

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