‘You Guys Have a Huge Responsibility’: Sanders Points Finger Back at Press Amid Criticism Over Political Violence

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Just after a mass shooting in Pittsburgh and politically-targeted pipe bomb scares, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fiercely criticized the media in response to suggestions that President Donald Trump should tone down his rhetoric.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl specifically asked Sanders whether the president’s words could “inspire or provoke troubled people to do awful things.” Sanders responded by saying that Trump wanted people to come together but that he would continue to contrast Democrats and Republicans as the nation approached the midterm elections.

Karl followed up by accusing Trump of “harshly” attacking people who received pipe bombs earlier this month.

“This morning, suggesting that the news media is responsible for the anger in the country,” he said.

“How does he do that when, in the case of the pipe bomber, this was somebody who went to Trump rallies, this was somebody who had a van covered in attacks for the media and praise for the president?”

Karl also mentioned how Trump harped on the migrant caravan which, he said, seemed to provoke the gunman behind the mass shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

“Jonathan, the very first thing that the president did was condemn the attacks both in Pittsburgh and in the pipe bombs. The very first thing the media did was blame the president and make him responsible for these ridiculous acts,” she said.

Watch her comments below:

“That is outrageous that that would be the very first reaction of so many people across this country […] The only person responsible for carrying out either of these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out,” she added.

Sanders also had a contentious interaction with NBC’s Hallie Jackson who indicated that Trump crossed a line in punching back amid a tragedy.

Watch their exchange below:

“Is he incapable of, in the words of some, toning it down and toning down the rhetoric?” Jackson asked.

Sanders responded by reiterating that the media jumped to blame the president.

“You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this president does is extremely negative,” she added, “Despite the fact that the country is doing extremely well, despite the fact that the president is delivering on exactly what he said he was going do if elected.”

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