Rachel Maddow chastises left and right on Gifford Rhetoric (Video)Author: Jon Martin | Thursday, January 13th, 2011 |
Earlier tonight on The Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel discussed the heart-breaking shooting earlier this week in Arizona. In the days since the shooting accusations have been heaped from both sides but none with real merit. Bill Maher told Anderson Cooper he thought the right is partly to blame, while Bill O’Reilly says that Democrats have been “repulsive” in the way they have approached this situation. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart weighed in as well, both with the kind of responses you would expect.
Rachel took a non-partisan stance calling out both Democrats and Republicans. Jared Loughner was assuredly not a Republican and a photoshopped Republican Registration document isn’t going to solve the problem of people like Loughner.
After discussing the foibles of Democrats in trying to place blame, Rachel switched back to Republicans and played clips in which they try to compared Jared Loughner with liberals. I have to admit, I think both sides jumped the gun, I wasn’t really expecting it either. I thought perhaps I would read some really enraging comments on message boards… but I never expected people like Bill Maher to come out and say, point blank, that this is because of Republicans. Jared Loughner seemed crazy, he was described as crazy by his college professors and people who knew him. Perhaps the Republicans have been using dangerous rhetoric.. but lets wait until we actually have a crazy tea-bagger doing something before we actually blame the GOP.
It seems kind of petty to blame Sarah Palin, sure she did write crosshairs over the heads of those she opposed… but we have no proof Jared Loughner saw that. He talked with Gifford’s two years ago, before the Tea Party movement really took off. I think this incident has a chance to really bring people together and realize maybe we are going over the deep end in our political discourse and it’s time to calm down a bit.
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