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The Left Calling For Attacks On The Right

Marc Lotter, RNC Spokesperson

June 27, 2018 - 4:45 pm

AF: Marc Lotter joins us now from the RNC to talk to us a little bit about the rhetoric that exists between the left and the right. Marc, thanks for coming on. It's been quite a week, a lot going on, but the Maxine Waters comments after the Sarah Sanders incident at The Red Hen, it definetly heatens up the entire scenario around every issue that we're talking about. What do you think about it?

ML: I mean it really is telling when Sarah has to become the first Press Secretary in many people's memories in the last few decades to actually have to have Secret Service protection because of the threats that have been made. We've seen it against Leader McConnell and his wife Secretary Chao. Everyone needs to tone it down and remember we're all Americans. We can agree to disagree and we can also do it in an agreeable fashion. 

AF: How are the Republicans gonna meet that expectation? Each individual, not necessarily even as a party, but we can only take care of our own actions and try to lead by example, but you have the Maxine Waters of the world out there talking about crowding people out and pushing them back and harrassing them in their home. What is the Republican response to something like that and how do you put it in to action?

ML: Well, I think we need to confront it when people, especially people in a postition of power say these things and it needs to be called out and the Republican party has done that, including a couple leaders in the Democratic party. What we also need to do is make sure we hold our own accountable. I'll tell you, I was on Fox this morning, Fox business, and I saw Governor Huckabee, Sarah Sanders father, talking about this issue and someone had apparently thrown some animal excrement on the restaurant door that had kicked Sarah out earlier last weekend, and he called for that person to be identified and charged, and I'm reading this afternoon that they have identified who's done it, and they have taken action. So, if they were from the right, then, they were wrong. From either side they were wrong, but I'm glad to see that they're taking that step because there's other ways for us to have our disagreeements and we can do so, we can talk about it, and we can remember that we're all still neighbors, we're all still Americans.

AF: Mark, one of the things that I get the most on my show here from people who aren't of the Republican party, is they all  point back to Donald Trump. It always comes back to President Trump, it's Trump's fault, he's the one that broke the rhetoric. Is the heightened rhetoric new? Does President Trump own some resposibility for the discourse now in our country?

ML: Well, I think we've seen a steady decline in discourse in many recent years. I can remember things being shouted at former President George W. Bush, especially by some of the people who disagreed in terms of some of the decisions in terms of war and Iraq and the loss of life there where people were shouting and marching and protesting and horrible things. And we have a history of doing this. I mean, we go back to the 60's we go back to the 70's, but we also have a history of protests throughout our entire nation. But we can do so in a way that remains civil and that's the key. We saw widly condemned, there was a House memeber who shouted an inapproprate comment at President Obama when he was in office and he was widely scorned for doing so. So, it's something that's not new, it's devolving and we've got to get a handle on it and I hope that when we can start having this discussion again, when people see the extremes that people folks have gone to, especially on the left, but there are also elements on the Republican side, as well, but especially on the left, they've gone off the deep end right now, and some people call it Trump Derangement Syndrome, and it's something that the Democrats, as they move to the left, move toward socialism, they've got to get a handle on that, because if anything it's going to drive people away. And I'm from the midwest, too, and people in the midwest, that's not how we think.

AF: No, it's definetly, it's absolutely, you're exactly right, folks here in St. Louis and in our listening area definetly see things different. While I've got you on the phone right now Marc Lotter, we're getting some very big news right now. Justice Kennedy has announced he has plans to retire. The implications of elections continue to pay dividens with President Trump in there and for him to have another opportunity to appoint another Justice. What's your reaction to that?

ML: Obviously I want to thank Justice Kennedy for his service even though there were many times I didn't agree with his decisions, but he served our country for over three decades on the nation's highest court. [He> was appointed originally under President Reagan. So, I thank him for the service. But this is huge. What we have seen in the last two days, whether it is on the Travel Ban or ruling against a California state law that required religious health care organizations to advocate for abortion in California, which the court struck down. Today they had the ruling that said that people can't be forced to join a union if they don't want to or be forced to pay dues even when they're not members for the public sector. Those are big decisions, it's because of Justice Gorsuch and the other conservatives on the bench. So, having The President have the ability to send another Supreme Court Justice in such a short time. We've already seen the transformation that he's done with the Federal Judiciary by just appointing all of these judges, the Senate confirming them, this will be another lasting legacy of the President that will serve for decades, beyond his time in office.