Yesterday was a bad day for America. It was an ugly day.
A former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer who hated President Trump opened fire on Republicans during baseball practice Wednesday. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in critical condition. Two incredibly brave Capitol Police officers were also injured along with a House aide.
Rep. Mark Walker told NBC News it appeared the "gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible."
Rep. Rodney Davis blamed what he called "political rhetorical terrorism."
"This political discourse has led to gunfire," the Illinois Republican said.
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"Hate" – it's an abstract word in the ongoing culture war, where you are branded as a "hater" by declaring that marriage is one man and one woman, or suggesting that illegal aliens are in the U.S. illegally.
But after the near-massacre of Republican congressmen on a baseball field, can we agree that the shooter opened fire on them from a heart filled with hate? That his hatred for those with whom he disagreed could have resulted in a barrel-shooting slaughter of conservative lawmakers?
OneNewsNow is familiar with the "hate" brand, since our parent organization is the American Family Association. AFA has been designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the same left-wing organization that was implicated when a shooter attempted to murder employees at the Family Research Council in 2012. That shooter told the FBI he used the SPLC's "hate map" to find an "anti-gay group" – a map that remains on the SPLC's website despite that botched mass shooting being stopped only by a security guard who was wounded.
The FRC shooting was largely ignored at the time, but it's much harder to ignore a gunman who opens fire on U.S. representatives after double-checking that he's about to kill Republicans.
This week's shooting must change the left-wing rhetoric, starting with the SPLC, which was "liked" on the shooter's Facebook page. Democratic leaders routinely accuse their Republican colleagues of hating minorities, destroying the planet, and starving the poor ... and they must realize that some of their supporters believe those claims – even if it's just campaign fodder for Election Day.
The shooter volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sander's political campaign and railed against "the rich" in letters to his local newspaper. Just a few days ago, Sanders – a self-proclaimed "democratic socialist" – declared that left-wing activists should "take your anger out on the right people."
To some people, that means take to the streets and show up on Election Day. To others, however, that is a rally cry to open fire. Tone it down, liberals – before the body count goes up.
What I'm about to say is politically incorrect, but it needs to be said.
Our great nation is teetering on the brink of political anarchy. And the blame lies with Hollywood and public universities and left-wing activists.
Their hateful rhetoric over the past year – their quest to remove President Trump from office – has now given birth to bloodshed.
This time at the hands of a man who hated President Trump – a man who wanted to kill as many Republicans as he could.
Good people gunned down because of their political affiliation.
Make no mistake – the man who pulled the trigger bears the responsibility for the bloodshed.
But we would be foolish if we did not address the festering anti-Trump cancer that has infected the left.
What about the D-list comedian who beheaded the president or the taxpayer-funded production called, "Killing Republicans," or the Shakespearean drama where Caesar was depicted as President Trump?
What about the high school teacher who made a bet on whether the president would be assassinated or the one who pretended to execute the president inside her classroom?
Or how about the professor who said Republicans must be executed and the president must hang? Or the other professor who said House Republicans should be lined up and shot?
On Wednesday – those professors nearly got their wish – when a baseball field came perilously close to becoming a killing field.
We can be better than that, America. We must be better than that.
Todd Starnes is host of "Fox News & Commentary," heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is "The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again." Follow Todd on Twitter and find him on Facebook.
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