A young Republican man was recently run over and killed by an older Democratic man following an alleged “political argument” in North Dakota.
Now some Republicans are pointing an accusatory finger at President Joe Biden for potentially inciting that fatal act of partisan violence, Fox News reported.
That accusation of incitement to violence stems from Biden’s recent escalation of dehumanizing and demonizing rhetoric against “MAGA Republicans” and his shocking portrayal of the GOP as an “extremist” party that poses a violent and even existential threat to the nation.
Biden has demonized, subtly encouraged violence against political opponents
North Dakota media outlet Valley News Live reported that 41-year-old Shannon Brandt was arrested Sunday and charged with criminal vehicular homicide and DUI after he admitted to purposefully running over 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with his vehicle.
Brandt, who admitted to police that he had been drinking, also told them that he and Ellingson had been engaged in a “political argument” and that he had felt threatened by the victim because the teen was part of a “Republican extremist group.”
Breitbart reported that if the details of that account are true, President Biden bears a level of responsibility for that violence due to the sharply anti-GOP rhetoric the president has employed over the past several weeks.
Indeed, it was on Sept. 1 in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that Biden delivered a caustic speech in which he repeatedly attacked former President Donald Trump and all who support him and smeared them all as violent extremists who posed a deadly threat to other Americans and the nation as a whole.
Since that speech, Biden and his White House and fellow Democrats across the country, amplified and echoed by the media, have continued to verbally attack their political opponents with rhetoric that not so subtly implies that Republicans are a threat that must be confronted and stopped, even violently if necessary.
Victims of political violence speak out
“Words can have violent consequences,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Fox News. “President Biden needs to realize that his vilification of his opponents is inflaming some of his supporters to violence. As a victim of political violence, both sides need to recognize the consequences of heated rhetoric.”
Paul has been violently assaulted and injured by a leftist neighbor, was harassed and physically threatened by leftist protesters in 2020, and was on the field when a leftist gunman opened fire on the congressional Republican baseball team during a practice in 2017.
Also on that field during that 2017 shooting was House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who nearly died of the grievous gunshot wound he suffered, and he told Fox News of the deadly incident in North Dakota, “People from all parties should condemn political violence when it happens, and I would encourage President Biden and other Democrat leaders to equally condemn this heinous act.”
Americans were incessantly reminded over the past six years by Democrats and the media that sharp words and inflammatory partisan rhetoric can have real-world consequences and incite violence — at least when uttered by Trump or his allies — and that exact same standard simply must be consistently applied now to Biden and his supporters.