Is the left to blame for rising political tensions? Hardly, say Democrats.


Is the left to blame for rising political tensions? Hardly, say Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) arrives for her weekly news conference Thursday. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)After a gunman with apparent left-wing political beliefs fired shots at congressional Republicans’ baseball practice Wednesday morning, lawmakers and commentators across the political spectrum were quick to blame an increasingly tense rhetorical landscape — a national mood in which sharp words can too easily metamorphose into violence.
A few Republicans eagerly accused the left of stoking the fires of political rage.
“The violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told a Washington Post reporter …

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