‘There’s obviously no direct link … But I’m absolutely associating and blaming him for creating the atmosphere that exists…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Billionaire and Democratic donor Tom Steyer blamed President Donald Trump and the GOP for fueling political violence, referencing Saturday’s Pittsburgh shooting, which left 11 dead, and last week’s bomb scares involving several high-profile Democrats.
In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Steyer said the political atmosphere has become more divisive and violent because of Trump.
“I think his response to the tragedy … was appropriate,” Steyer said when asked about Trump’s comments in the wake of the shooting. “But there’s something much bigger than that going on here, which is the atmosphere that he’s created and that the Republican Party has created in terms of political violence.”
Steyer said Trump has undermined political norms and has allowed “violent political rhetoric” to take front stage.
“If you look across the political scene, what you see is routine, systematic lawlessness, an attempt to break small-D democratic norms, in pursuit of victory at all costs,” he said. “But, more than that, we see it in a president … who has been breaking the law systematically as a candidate, as a businessperson and as a president.”
When asked if he holds Trump responsible for the shooting, Steyer said there’s a correlation that points back to Trump.
“There’s obviously no direct link, Jake,” he said. “But I’m absolutely associating and blaming him for creating the atmosphere that exists.”
Trump ripped into Steyer for his comments, calling him a “crazed & stumbling lunatic.”
Just watched Wacky Tom Steyer, who I have not seen in action before, be interviewed by @jaketapper. He comes off as a crazed & stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon. As bad as their field is, if he is running for President, the Dems will eat him alive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2018
Steyer responded and said it’s “unthinkable” that Trump resorted to “name-calling” in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy.
.@realdonaldtrump just tweeted at me in his typical insulting style after watching @CNNsotu. It is unthinkable that in the midst of the horrible political violence our president would resort to name-calling instead of repairing the damage to the fabric of our country.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) October 28, 2018