On Tuesday morning, reflecting on threats made by fans of Donald Trump against Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and a violent fantasy aimed at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) posted to Twitter by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), CNN's John Avlon criticized the GOP for sitting by and letting threats of violence become de rigueur.
According to the CNN host, as violence escalates -- including the assault on the nation's Capitol on Jan 6th -- the "nuts are being normalized" and blame can be placed at the feet of the Republican Party.
Focusing on Gosar and attention-seeking Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA), Avlon explained, "We talk a lot about how the Republican Party has become dangerously extreme."
Adding Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's threats of Texas secession to the mix -- while also joking that leaving the union would cripple Cruz's attempt to become president -- Avlon slammed the current state of the GOP.
"Any one of these insane incitements might be dismissed as crazy person says crazy thing," he stated. "But taken together, and reports from a single 24-hour period, and you can see why we have a problem here. The nuts are being normalized to the point where it can seem like part of the scenery. The GOP needs to take responsibility. There is no room for false equivalency here; the steady stream of incitement translates to things like a poll showing 30 percent of Republicans believe that violence might be needed to save the United States."
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