The political temperature here in the United States is rising exponentially in recent weeks, thanks in no small part to the upcoming and hotly-debated midterm elections.
This is already one of the most talked-about “off year” elections in American history, and early voting records are being smashed from coast to coast on account of the rhetoric being bandied about on both sides of the aisle.
This week, during an appearance on MSNBC, former Secretary of State took some cheap shots at the MAGA Movement, significantly escalating the conversation.
Clinton said, “There always been a streak of violence, of racism, misogyny, antisemitism, as you said, but I think what we’re seeing today, and it has certainly been thrown into very high relief by the horrific attack on Paul Pelosi, is not just an aberration where one or two people or a small group engage in that kind of violent rhetoric and urge people to take action against political figures like her, like me, like others, we’re seeing a whole political party.”
There was more where that came from.
She continued, “The level of just plain crazy violent hate rhetoric coming out of Republicans. You played something from the candidate, the Republican candidate for governor in Arizona. I want viewers. I want voters to stop and ask themselves, would we trust somebody who is stirring up these violent feelings, who is pointing fingers, scapegoating, making a joke about a violent attack on Paul Pelosi.”
What Clinton has failed to recognize is that this characterization will only further incense her political rivals and beget more divisive violence in the short-term future.