Speech And Consequences: Is The President's Rhetoric Encouraging Violence?

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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: As we heard, Cesar Sayoc allegedly sent pipe bombs to individuals and a news organization, CNN, that President Trump frequently criticized. Last night, though, the president bristled at suggestions that his rhetoric is to blame for what he called the sinister actions of one individual. But we wondered if it's fair to ask if his tone has created a climate conducive to violence, like the mail bombs or the carnage at a synagogue today. I talked about this with Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an expert on political discourse at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication. We talked about the complaint of critics that President Trump has normalized a, quote-unquote,...

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Speech And Consequences: Is The President's Rhetoric Encouraging Violence?

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