Contributed by Scud Langley
Clandestine, Ohio – With all of the chaos that has erupted around the country recently, many politicians have attempted to speak of unity and togetherness and have taken every opportunity to denounce rhetoric that they say is “harsh” and “divisive”. In toning down this destructive rhetoric, they believe they can unite the country and usher in an era of peace and tolerance.
While at a campaign stop for local and statewide candidates in Clandestine, Ohio, the President offered up his thoughts on the matter:
“Look, there’s no doubt that folks are angry right now and there is a lot of built up frustration and I believe we all have some responsibility here. Tensions are high and we have to do everything we can to bring healing and unity to our communities. That’s why I am asking for lawmakers and presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to tone down their rhetoric and to look for ways to bring unity instead of divisiveness… (applause)… Unfortunately, however, this kind of divisiveness tends to come from one side of the aisle more than the other. Look, when folks from the other side of the aisle spend more time attacking me and their political opponents and spewing hatred than they do talking about unity, we all suffer… (applause)… They don’t have a plan! They don’t have a plan to move us forward because their bigotry blinds their thought process. That kind of thinking will never bring unity. That will only move us backwards towards restrictive policies like Jim Crow. But from the sounds of things, that’s something they would support… (boos)… I know. I know… I would love for us to be able to talk about love and unity and common ground but that’s impossible when all they can do is insult their opponents, trash their ideas, and inspire hatred. How can we be a unified country when there are so many bigots and carnival barkers from the other party who do nothing more than name-call and incite fear? That kind of extremism is more dangerous than terrorism in some cases!”
The president spent the next hour speaking about how bigoted politicians on the right use hateful rhetoric as a distraction from the real issues.