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Chris Murphy Adds to Divisive Rhetoric

June 30, 2017 By Staff
Chris Murphy Adds to Divisive Rhetoric

Is Chris Murphy, Connecticut's senator and a possible presidential candidate, fueling America's political division?

In April, Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association (NRA), cut a provocative ad critical of “leftist violence.” Until recently, the ad went mostly unnoticed.

Not until June 12, when the NRA posted the ad to its Facebook page, did mainstream media outlets take notice.

Calling the ad “controversial,” mainstream media propelled it to the forefront of a larger national discussion on political division in America. Loesch has defended the ad’s message, saying that her “call to fight violence with truth” was not a call to violence.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) yesterday added to the fray, taking to Twitter to claim that the NRA “is telling people to shoot us.” The comment is sure to please his progressive base, and may help him score political points ahead of his 2018 re-election campaign:

In the era of Donald Trump, many leaders have pointed to the president’s language, particularly on Twitter, as beneath the office of the presidency, asserting that this conduct only furthers the divisions among Americans.

The language of leaders matters, and some say partisan rhetoric is drowning out major political issues.

Murphy, of course, represents all Connecticut residents, and this includes both conservatives and liberals. His tweet seems to reflect the current normalization of divisive rhetoric, though, compared to the harder task of appealing past your ideological base.