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Gingrich: Violent Media Portrayals Are Signs of 'Increasing Intensity of Hostility on the Left'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 14, 2017 | 1:11 PM EDT

“It’s part of a pattern,” former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday in response to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).

At a Republican practice for an upcoming Congressional baseball game at a field in Alexandria, Va., a shooter fired dozens of shots at the Republicans, wounding Scalise and staffers – a tragedy Gingrich attributed to “an increasing intensity of hostility on the left.”

On college campuses, for example, students who support Trump say they have received threats – even death threats, Gingrich said.

Gingrich also pointed to recent examples of liberals in the media portraying violence against President Donald Trump – and Democratic politicians who are not using vulgarity to vent their anger towards conservatives:

"It’s part of a pattern."

"You have an increasing intensity of hostility on the Left. Look, I’ve talked to college students regularly who say to me if they openly are for Trump, they get threatened. I’ve had college students say they’ve been threatened with getting beaten up, some of them get death threats.

"The intensity on the left is very real, whether it is somebody holding up – a so-called comedian – holding up the president’s head and blood, or it is, right here in in New York City, a play that shows the president being assassinated, or it’s Democratic leading national politicians who are so angry that they have to use vulgarity because they can’t find any common language to talk about.

"This intensity has been building, I think, since election night."