There is an "increasing intensity of hostility on the left," and it seems to be "a pretty directed kind of behavior" that the Alexandria ballpark shooter intentionally asked if the congressmen who were targeted before he started shooting were Democrats or Republicans, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday.
Gingrich, calling the shooting by James T. Hodgkinson "sobering," said the intensity and division have been building since President Donald Trump won the election and that there have been a series of events that "tell people it's okay to hate" him.
"I talk to college students regularly who say to me, if they openly are for Trump, they get threatened," Gingrich said. "Some of them get death threats. We have the intensity on the left that is very real, whether it is somebody holding up the president's head or whether it's right here in New York City, a play that shows the president being assassinated, or it's Democratic-leaning national politicians who are so angry they have to use vulgarity because they can't find in a common language."