Democratic office holders and their partisans in the mainstream media who are relying on scare tactics to motivate voters in the fall elections are following President Joe Biden's lead in demonizing Republicans as "MAGA" extremists and using potentially dangerous rhetoric that could incite real-world violence.
The party that once embraced tolerance and has long claimed to stand against hate is stirring up fear and animosity toward the opposition, with the president leading by calling Republicans a "threat" to the nation.
It's an election-year strategy to stoke outrage with the potential to incite violence. Just last week, 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson was killed in cold blood in North Dakota by a drunken man who thought he was a "Republican extremist." In Michigan, an 83-year-old woman passing out pro-life pamphlets was shot in the shoulder while leaving a residence during a heated conversation. The individual who shot her was not a part of the conversation, according to Right to Life Michigan.
Journalist Tom Elliott posted a thread on Twitter Sunday observing how "radicalized progressives" have "upped the rhetorical ante to a level all-but-begging for violence" in the weeks preceding those violent attacks.
Elliott, who founded the news clip service Grabien, shared video of numerous Democrats and left-wing cable news pundits "recklessly hyping conflict" ahead of the November elections.
MSNBC host Tiffany Cross, for example, told her viewers on Sept. 4, “These days it feels like we’re not just that the brink of Civil War, but that one has already begun.”
On the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Hillary Clinton said there were "lessons still to be learned from what happened to us on 9/11" that could be applied to dealing with "extremism of any kind." Her comments came as Democrats spent weeks labeling "MAGA Republicans" as extremists.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) on Sept. 14 gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate declaring that opposing the pro-life movement "is literally a call to arms in our country."
A day earlier, Senate candidate Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) called for Americans to "kill and confront" the "extremist" movement in the Republican Party.
Ryan's call to action against Republican "extremists" followed MSNBC host Tiffany Cross on Sept. 3 telling viewers: "Obviously Republicans, I think, are the biggest threat to democracy. We don't separate right-wing extremists and Republican Party any more."
"We are at war with these people. These folks are evil. They have allowed evil into their house with Donald Trump," MSNBC contributor Roland Martin told Cross during that segment.
The White House has set the tone for this rhetoric. On Sunday, White House adviser Keisha Bottoms emphasized on MSNBC that Biden has been "very clear" that the "MAGA Republican agenda" is "essentially, destroy the United States of America."
"These are just things I happened to catch while casually observing the news. Of course they're merely the tip of an iceberg," Elliott wrote on Twitter.
"Democrats are dangerously overdue accepting that their losing power doesn't actually demand a popular, likely violent uprising," he said.