CNN anchor Jake Tapper admitted that government officials and mainstream media personalities helped foment a “perfect storm of political violence” following news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was attacked in the couple’s home on Friday.
“We’re at a moment right now of extreme polarization, where calls for violence are leading to actual violence. We cannot pretend that these are all isolated, fringe events,” Tapper said Friday on “CNN Tonight.”
“There are people in mainstream accepted society – elected officials, TV anchors, others – who have been creating a permission structure that is helping to open the door to this violence, a permission structure created when they dehumanize opponents or smear them, or belittle or make light of acts or threats of violence against their perceived foes or spread conspiracy theories.”
“This horrifying act of violence today, I wish I could tell you it’s an outlier,” he continued. “It’s not. It is the inevitable product of a poisonous political climate where unchecked lies and hate-filled dehumanizing rhetoric combine to create a perfect storm of political violence.”
After laying blame on former President Donald Trump, playing several recordings of members of Congress receiving threats and clips of Jan. 6 protesters asking the whereabouts of Nancy Pelosi, Tapper then turned his ire to Democrats, noting the attempted assassination of Republican members of Congress in 2017 and of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the summer.
“As much as Donald Trump is part of the problem here, you need to know these threats and horrific acts are not only from the right,” Tapper continued. “Back in 2017, Republican congressman Steve Scalise was nearly killed after being shot during an attack on a congressional baseball game. Supreme Court justices are also under threat. This summer, a man traveled to D.C. From California armed to the teeth with the stated intention of killing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”
Tapper even pointed to the recent attempted stabbing of New York gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin (R).
Though Tapper rightly identified the mainstream media as an apologist for political violence, he omitted the role CNN and his colleagues played in fomenting such an extreme political environment.
Over the last several years, media figures, Democrat politicians and celebrities openly urged political violence against Trump supporters.
In one instance, Tapper himself did nothing to quell violent rhetoric against Second Amendment supporters Dana Loesch and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) during a town hall following the tragic Parkland school shooting in 2019.
Ironically, Pelosi’s daughter even praised the violent assault of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in 2020.
No one deserves to be assaulted. Unlike Nancy Pelosi’s daughter who celebrated my assault, I condemn this attack and wish Mr. Pelosi a speedy recovery. https://t.co/2LxIlbIYQP
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 28, 2022
Fortunately, Infowars is here to break the cycle: political violence by any side must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.