Just weeks after US President Joe Biden received heavy criticism for his frightening, anti-Republican rhetoric during a speech about the “soul” of America, an Ohio congressional candidate is now pushing a violent escalation of this vicious vitriol.
Biden, who seemed to be leaning into the “Dark Brandon” marketing strategy that some liberals had been pushing on Twitter, attempted to suggest that MAGA Republicans were somehow a threat to democracy, (despite being the party of “America First”).
Now, Tim Ryan is taking it a step further and suggesting that the MAGA Movement needs to be “confronted” and “killed”.
Co-host Willie Geist said, “What is your message to Ohio Republicans in this general election who may look at J.D. Vance and say I don’t like the way he’s running the campaign, maybe I don’t like the guy, and they’re giving you a look?”
Ryan said, “I’m one of the most bipartisan members of Congress. The last two congresses, I have been in the top 10% of most bipartisan. I want to work across the aisle. Look, Democrats aren’t right on everything, and I’m willing to sit down and have conversations about how we can move out of this age of stupidity and into an age of reconciliation and reform. How do we fix all of these broken systems.”
Then came the extremist rhetoric.
He continued, “Some of those answers will come from Republicans, not the extremists that we are dealing with every single day. We’ve got to kill and confront that movement, but working with normal mainstream Republicans, that’s going to be really, really important.”
This brand of violent escalation has no place in American politics, particularly as we find our nation divided in ways that we haven’t experienced since the Civil War.