Wisconsin Democratic state senator Jon Erpenbach put the blame squarely on President Trump for setting the toxic political tone that, he says, led a group of white teenagers at Baraboo High School to give the Nazi salute in a class photo.
“I got to tell you whether it’s a president or a governor, the tone or the tenor of the debate starts at the top, always has and always will,” he said. “When you have someone in office, whether it’s the president, governor or even a state senator who chooses to use words that are combative, that are offensive, that are borderline racist, you’re going to see that played out across the country and obviously in some of our high schools.”
Erpenbach provided several examples of the president using exactly the kind of language that he believed was having a negative impact on America’s youth.
“When I watch a president heckle reporters for doing their job, or pick on a nationality who is trying to seek a better life in our country and calling them names and pointing out how bad they are, when I see a president mimic and make fun of someone who’s disabled, I have a problem with that,” Erpenbach said. “When you’re dealing with kids, I can’t stress this enough, they watch, they learn and they’re going to mimic what they see.”
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