Violent acts, rhetoric and ignorance today

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Eugene Robinson, David Jolly and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the current violent rhetoric in American politics with the 2022 midterm elections one week away, following the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband and a New York Times analysis having found a rise in threats against lawmakers in Congress. “I'm not surprised at any of this. It's shocking, but not surprising, and the violence—the level of violence—is it an uptick in the level of violence? It's an uptick in our knowledge of the level of violence….The violence of language, the violence of ignorance, and it's gone back a long time in politics, specifically in the modern era of politics. I trace a large part of it to the late 1980s when Newt Gingrich decided that the way for Republicans to really gain control was not to just defeat their opponents but to demonize them, to destroy them, and that began it. That was the incubator for what's happened now,” says Barnicle. Watch the conversation here.



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