On Thursday, during his interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Representative Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) said that Trump is “partially” to blame for the shooting of Steve Scalise and three others at baseball practice.
He was asked, “What are you worried about today, in the aftermath from yesterday?”
He replied, “That we won’t learn from it…I would argue the president has unleashed, partially, again not in anyway totally, but partially to blame for the demons that have been unleashed, whether it’s what I saw at a senior center back home and people saying, ‘F-you, f-you and f-you,’ at a retirement center where they’ll see each other playing croquet the next day,” Sanford said.
Sanford also mentioned Trump’s comments during his campaign that he wishes to punch a protester in the face, stating his remarks were “bizarre” and “we’ve ought to call it as such.”
“Or with what happened — again, not with what happened yesterday, but the fact that you’ve got the top guy saying ‘Well, I wish I could hit you in the face, and if not, why don’t you and I’ll pay your legal fees?’ that’s bizarre,” he went on. “We ought to call it as such. And what I’ve said back home, when some of these people have been frankly weird and different in a town hall meeting, I’ve said ‘What is going on?’ And they’ll say ‘Look, if the guy at the top can say anything to anybody at any time, why can’t I?’”
“I think we all need to look for ways to learn from what happened yesterday and to say, wait a minute, this is a pause moment,” Sanford concluded. “What might I do a little bit differently in the way that I reach out to other members?”
He believes that there is some “heavy soul-searching” going on in Capitol Hill after the shooting. He says people realize that it could have been a blood bath if it wasn’t for the two Capitol Hill police.
You can watch the whole interview below: