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Should we hold politicians responsible for violent acts done in their names?

After a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, many pundits blamed President Trump for the violence—but is he really responsible? When Steve Scalise was shot by a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter, some blamed Sanders. When actor Wendell Pierce punched a Sanders supporter, some said he proved Hillary Clinton supporters were violent. Politicians can't control what individual people do, but critics say they're culpable for inspiring bad actors. What do you think?

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Many say blaming President Trump for Charlottesville is just another disgraceful way to play politics. Blaming him for the acts of extremists is like blaming heavy metal bands for teen suicides. His supporters say he has disavowed racism many times but the media refuses to acknowledge it.

Where did Donald Trump appeal to white racists to support him? Left-wing critics won’t find an instance of it. But they hope that by making the claim it will stick.
On Saturday, when he spoke about Charlottesville, President Trump did not mention white supremacists or white nationalists specifically. He might have. But understand that no matter what he did he was going to get criticized for it, because the mainstream media and many liberal politicians are desperate to tie him to white racism as a means of destroying him.
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But others say Charlottesville is not an isolated incident; there is a long and disturbing pattern of Donald Trump retweeting or refusing to denounce white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan throughout his entire campaign. 

When you say "racism is evil" but hire Richard Spencer's protégé Stephen Miller, Breitbart executive editor Steve Bannon, and fascist-friendly Sebastian Gorka to be in your White House inner circle? That sends a message to white supremacists. 

When David Duke says he is fulfilling your campaign promises and you don't respond or disavow him? No answer is an answer.

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Many on the left blamed Sen. Bernie Sanders for not calling out the dark underbelly of his constituency, especially those harassing women and people of color with racist slurs and threats of sexual violence. People on the right also blamed Sanders for the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise. Critics argue leaders are obligated to rein in the baser instincts of their followings, otherwise they are complicit.

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But others say Sanders has frequently and unequivocally disavowed violence and harassment. You cannot hold him responsible for the actions of a few crazy people.

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Ben Shapiro cannot stand Trump, but doesn't think Charlottesville was his fault.

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But many political observers say President Trump is very different from Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Ozzy Osbourne. He is the most powerful man in the world, and a very different standard applies to him when it comes to using his power and platform to decry racism and violence.

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