A hunt is underway for whoever sent a series of pipe bombs to a host of Democrats and Trump critics. This morning, former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro became the latest targets, joining Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, Eric Holder, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and liberal donor George Soros — totaling ten bombs in all. The disturbing trend prompted Donald Trump, at least for a moment, to change his tune, saying it was time for the country to “unify.” But Democratic leaders Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi said in a joint statement that his words "ring hollow." And indeed, President Trump has a lengthy record of insulting both individuals and entire ethnic or religious groups, embracing conspiracy theories, and encouraging violence against protesters at his rallies. By this morning, the President had reverted back to his old ways, punching back at his favorite scapegoat — the “Fake News.” Given the current state of things, are we past the point of no return?
Jim Braude was joined by Jack Levin, co-director of Northeastern's Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict; Jennifer Nassour, former chair of the Massachusetts GOP and now the COO of ReflectUS, a bipartisan women’s political organization; and Gautam Mukunda, a Harvard Kennedy School fellow.