​​​​​​​Local 24 Political Analyst & Commentator Otis Sanford On Political Targets

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Local 24 political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on the explosives found at political targets.

America this week is seeing the potentially devastating effects of intolerance and hate on two fundamental institutions in our society; our political system and the press. The fact that a person or persons would send packages containing crude but very real pipe bombs is an unsettling reminder of the state of our political discourse.

The good news is no one was hurt. But just the notion of a coordinated attempt to delivery explosives to the homes of former Democratic presidents Obama and Clinton, other outspoken Democratic lawmakers, a well-known Democratic donor, and the New York headquarters of CNN should be the wake-up call for all of us.

Our political climate at the moment is toxic. And while there is enough blame to go around, no one can legitimately deny that the tone set by the current President is a big part of the problem. His demeaning attacks against political rivals and the news media, particularly CNN, are well documented. As a result, this President has given tacit approval for some unstable individual to turn angry words into deadly actions.

Even at the local level, political candidates often seek to stoke fear and anger against opponents. And if that opponent is a person of color, the fear is ratcheted up ever higher. The attacks against Democratic state senate candidate Gabby Salinas is a prime example.

The point is, this needs to stop before someone really gets hurt. And that’s my point of view.

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