Former President Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security said on Sunday after the major violent incidents last week that the American leaders, including President Donald Trump, need to tone down their angry rhetoric and use “more civil discourse.”
“We live now in a very, very toxic environment that includes an incivility in our political discourse among our leaders,” said Jeh Johnson on ABC’s show “This Week.”
“The attack yesterday and the attempted pipe bombings over the course of last week should be a wake-up call for all Americans to demand change, and change has to start at the top,” Johnson said. A shooting at a synagogue on Saturday claimed 11 lives.
“We’re in an environment now where deranged individuals feel that it’s their place to bring about change in our society with an AR-15 or a series of pipe bombs,” said Johnson. “And Americans really do listen to their leaders, including our president.”
Johnson noted that the reckless president “has the largest microphone … the largest bullhorn.”
“Americans should demand that their leaders insist on change, a more civil discourse, and a more civil environment generally.”
Jeh Johnson also said that social media and the internet providers must work to cut down the hateful speech taking place on their platforms.
“I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to be vigilant when it comes to this kind of thing and to demand change among our leaders,” Johnson commented, saying that tech companies have “made great strides to take down truly hateful speech, but they’ve got to keep at this.”
American politicians have decried the mass shooting Saturday and the pipe bombs that were sent through the mail to many high-profile Democrats during last week.
Trump condemned both of those acts, calling for swift justice against the evil perpetrators, as well as more unity and a return to respectful national discourse.
Regarding the savage attack Saturday, Trump said, “This evil anti-Semitic attack is an attack on all of us, it is an assault on humanity. It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world.”
Critics have pointed fingers at Donald Trump for his unhinged and aggressive criticism of Democrats and the media leaders who were mailed pipe bombs. The bombs were all sent to critics of Donald Trump, all of whom Donald Trump has viciously attacked via Twitter.