Johnson said Monday that it’s incumbent upon politicians in office and those campaigning for office to “restore civility” following a week that saw a spate of….
The Hill: Jeh Johnson said Monday that it’s incumbent upon politicians in office and those campaigning for office to “restore civility” following a week that saw a spate of pipe bombs addressed to prominent Democrats and a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
“The pipe bombs last week come in the context of an increasing toxicity in our politics, and it should be a wake-up call to Americans to insist that their leaders tone it down and try to restore civility to our dialogue,” Johnson said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“Those who are in office those who are running for office are the ones who set the tone, so change has really got to start at the top when the American people insist on that,” he added.
Johnson, who led the Department of Homeland Security under former President Obama, declined to say whether President Trump’s words are inciting violence, but said the president “has the largest bullhorn” and his words carry out sized importance as a result.
Authorities on Friday charged Cesar Sayoc Jr. with sending more than a dozen explosive devices to former President Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), among others.
The next day, Robert Bowers was arrested after police said he opened fire in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people and wounding six.
Republicans and Democrats alike have called for unity and calmer political rhetoric in response, while simultaneously pointing to the other side for how things got so divisive in the first place.
Trump has also urged the nation to come together, but has repeatedly attacked the media and his Democratic opponents in the days since the pipe bombs and the synagogue shooting. He rejected calls on Friday to temper his rhetoric, telling reporters he believes he has “been toned down.”
Earlier Monday, the president revived his claim that the media is the “enemy of the people,” and claimed the press’s “fraudulent” coverage was to blame for the country’s anger.
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