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Violent rhetoric has no place in politics or campaigning [opinion]

Scott Wagner, Pennsylvania’s Republican candidate for governor, posted a video on Facebook Friday in which he threatened violence toward his opponent, Democratic Gov. Wolf, let me tell you, between now and Nov. 6, you’d better put a catcher’s mask on your face because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes, because I’m going to win this for the state of Pennsylvania and we’re throwing you out of office.” Several hours later, and after it had received national attention, the video was removed from Facebook. We’ll set aside the debate over what is and isn’t a metaphor to make these initial points, in plain English: — Wagner made a violent threat toward his opponent. (To be clear, when examining the issue of incivility at the national level there are examples of unacceptable rhetoric all across the political spectrum.) Wagner’s video did not help. In his second video Friday, Wagner walked back his threat, stating: “I may have had poor choice of words. But he still deserves strong criticism for making the statements in the first place. But the reality is that if anyone else had made such a statement toward another individual, they would have likely faced the criminal charge of making a terroristic threat. Pennsylvanians shouldn’t just shrug and accept an outburst like Wagner’s. And try to return to civility, one conversation at a time.
Candidate For Governor Says He'll 'Stomp' On Opponent | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Candidate For Governor Says He’ll ‘Stomp’ On Opponent | Morning Joe | MSNBC

In a new campaign ad that has since been removed, Scott Wagner, the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania threatened to 'stomp all over' the face of his opponent, Democratic incumbent, Gov. Tom Wolf. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About:…

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Good evening, I’m Ben Jacobs with the latest from Washington and beyond. Will this help Republicans? He is still running in red state Texas and O’Rourke has consistently lagged behind Ted Cruz in the polls. Even though O’Rourke is not likely to make it over the top, his strength will help ensure Democrats pick up House seats in the Lone Star State. Wagner is upset that Wolf is refusing to debate him and the video, which goes on for several minutes, has other criticisms of Wolf as well. Poll of the day In September, Democrat Phil Bredesen had a narrow lead in Tennessee’s Senate race against Republican Marsha Blackburn. However, the popular former governor was their best candidate and gave Democrats a chance until the Kavanaugh fight energized Republicans and refocused the race on national issues. Does this mean Republicans will hold the Senate? : If Bredesen loses, there is almost no real path for Democrats to gain the two seats they need to regain control of the upper chamber. Ad of the day Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman faces a tough race in a district that Hillary Clinton won by nearly 10 points.