MSNBC Host Asks Bernie About Civility, Skips GOP Baseball Shooter


Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders skated through an MSNBC interview about civility in politics without ever being questioned about his former campaign volunteer who opened fire on GOP lawmakers last June.


James T. Hodgkinson, the man who shot at Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, VA while they were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, was a volunteer for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. (RELATED: Man Who Opened Fire On GOP Lawmakers Is A Bernie Sanders Supporter, Called Trump A ‘Traitor’)

Sanders condemned Hodgkinson’s actions after the shooting, but he and his wife, Jane Sanders, offered no self-reflection about their own inflammatory rhetoric about Republicans and President Donald Trump. (RELATED: Jane Sanders Lays Blame For GOP Shooting)

MSNBC asked Sanders about civility in politics on Wednesday after multiple Trump officials were protested and driven out of polite society, but failed to mention the socialist’s own history with incivility. (VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Compares GOP Health Care Bill To Terrorist Attack)

NBC’s Kristen Welker brought up Democratic Sen. Maxine Waters’ assertion that Trump officials should be harassed in public, giving Sanders the opportunity to swat it down.

“I’m not a great fan of shouting down people or being rude to people,” Sanders said. “I think people have a right to go into a restaurant and have dinner.”

Sanders added that he understands why people are angry but that the way to express that anger is to organize at the grassroots level. The interview ended without any questions about Hodgkinson.

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