By Suzy Khimm, Mother Jones
In the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and the shooting of more than 20 others in Tucson today, fellow Arizona Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva denounced a political environment poisoned by “anger, hatred, and division.” In a phone interview with Mother Jones, Grijalva called the assault “horrible and unbelievable and shockingâ€¦.It’s hard to explain and really difficult to comprehend.” Grijalvaâ€”who was also the recent target of violent threatsâ€”went on to blame the polarized political climate for creating an atmosphere that fueled violence:
We never entered [politics] believing that we were taking our lives in our hands…we’re feeding anger, hatred, and division for quite a while. Maybe it is time for elected officials and leaders in this country that have been feeding that disease to realize that there are consequences to it. I hope people stop and think that we can be opponents, but we don’t have to be deadly enemiesâ€¦to demonize another person because of a disagreement and to make them expendible is not a democracy, it’s not the America I know.
Asked whether the tea party right deserved to be singled out for particular blame, Grijalva assented:
[When] you stoke these flames, and you go to public meetings and you scream at the elected officials, you threaten themâ€”you make us expendable you make us part of the cannon fodder. For a while, you’ve been feeding this hatred, this divisionâ€¦you feed it, you encourage itâ€¦.Something’s going to happen. People are feeding this monsterâ€¦.Some of the extreme right wing has made demonization of elected officials their priority.
To read more, visit: Â After Giffords Shooting, Rep. Grijalva Blames Rage-Fueled Political Climate
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