Former President Bill Clinton, following up on comments that warn against the threat posed by extremist groups, warned Sunday that angry anti-government rhetoric has led to a worrisome increase in threats against the president and other elected officials.
Anger easily translates into violence, Clinton said, and people should be careful that the language they use to criticize officials don’t demonize them and make them targets for violence.
Clinton, speaking on ABC News’ “This Week,” said he not only worries about threats against President Barack Obama and the Congress but by “careless language,” citing examples like leaked memo from a New Jersey teachers union that contained a joke containing a suggestion that Republican Gov. Chris Christie should die.
Clinton’s comments followed a speech on Friday where he warned that American was on a “slippery slope” from “reckless rhetoric” and said such talk against the government led to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.