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DNC Chair Connects Tea Party With 'Lack of Civility' and 'Tucson Tragedy

"Make sure that we tone things down."

DNC Chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz gave a speech this morning in New Hampshire asking for civility in political discourse-- moments before placing blame for the horrific Tucson, Arizona shooting that killed six and gravely wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords one year ago.

Schultz appeared to be pointing a finger at that the Tea Party for that event, according to the Examiner, claiming that the Tea Party considers those who disagree with them as "the enemy," and at a minimum, fostered the political climate that led to the Tucson shooting.

Schultz went on to say  in part that:

"We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords -- who is doing really well, by the way, -- [was shot]...The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular . . . has really changed, I'll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement."

Schultz also pointed to Tea Party conduct at town hall meetings as evidence of the Tea Party's movement role in what she claims is the coarsening of American politics.

You can watch the full exchange here, courtesy of The Examiner:

(h/t Examiner)

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