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Ari Fleischer @AriFleischer
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1/ On Sayoc and Trump: I’ve urged rhetorical restraint, saying wait until we have facts about who carried out the mail bombs. Now we know. He’s a big Trump supporter. I still urge rhetorical restraint.
2/ The shooter at a GOP baseball practice was a big Bernie supporter who deliberately targeted Republicans for death. That didn’t mean Bernie was to blame and I don’t blame Trump for Sayoc’s lunatic acts.
3/ Lunatics do crazy things because they’re lunatics. After all, was Trump to blame when Sayoc in 2002 made a bomb threat?

But there is a bigger picture and it involves the inflammatory language used by Trump and many Democrats. After Sayoc, they all need to cool things down.
4/ We’re better as a people when leaders cool passions, not inflame them.

Trump pushed the envelope at his 2016 rallies by calling on the crowd to take out protestors and he has praised a Congressman who body slammed a reporter.
5/ The Presiden needs to decide if he prefers speaking to rallies, where the crowd loves the language, or if he prefers speaking to all Americans, who want the language cooled down.
6/ Joe Biden said he wants to take Trump out back and fight him. Eric Holder wants to kick Republicans. Numerous Ds want people to “get in the faces” of Republicans or harass them at restaurants.
7/ After Sayoc, everyone, from POTUS on down should tone it down.

Trump and Sanders didn’t cause the violence. But now is a good time for the President and the Democrats to make their cases without threat of or praise for physical violence.
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