Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) says President Trump doesn’t meet his standard for respectable presidential behavior and language, and he called on the immature and rude president to be “more clear” with his words.
Speaking while on CBS’s “Face the Nation,”Lankford was asked by the anchor John Dickerson if Trump’s rhetoric meets his standard for what is presidential.
“No, and I’ve said this to the president before,” said Lankford to CBS. “I think the president needs to be more clear in his rhetoric, and doesn’t need to be as caustic in his rhetoric.”
“That’s the way he chooses to be able to communicate these things, and I don’t think it’s always helpful in that,” added Lankford.
His critical comments follow a savage mass shooting on Saturday in a Jewish synagogue located in Pittsburgh and the attempted mail bombing last week of many top Democrats. Lawmakers and media figures have warned that political rhetoric is contributing to an environment which encourages such violence.
“These are just hate-filled individuals who are very deranged,” James Lankford added, while saying of the Pittsburgh massacre that “this particular shooter also condemned President Trump,” because he believed Trump to be in league with the “globalists.”
.@SenatorLankford says there is no connection between the Pittsburgh shooting and @realDonaldTrump ’s rhetoric: This particular shooter also condemned Trump, saying he was a globalist and that he was allowing some of this to happen. pic.twitter.com/HGZi9YYg7F
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) October 28, 2018
The Saturday shooting in a Jewish synagogue left 11 dead and six others, which includes four police officers, injured.
Jeff Zucker, the CNN president whose own newsroom got a suspicious package mailed to former CIA Director John Brennan, criticized the president after CNN’s New York facility got evacuated.
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” declared Zucker.