Krauthammer: Saying the Other Side Will End the Republic ‘Justifies Anything’ – It’s ‘the Rationale of Terrorists’

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer stated, “when you say, unless we stop Hillary lCinton or Donald Trump, the republic will not survive, then that justifies anything. That’s the language, the ideology, the rationale of terrorists.”

Krauthammer said, “There’s now a style in our politics where the ad hominem is the norm, and that’s the wrong — I mean, people ought to fight over policy. but once you begin to question the motives, the patriotism of your opponent, you’ve gone too far. But the worst thing, and I think this is overlooked, the two parties, the two ideologies, you might say, speak about the politics in apocalyptic terms. If the other guy wins, it’s the end of the republic. If the other guy wins, it’s the end of the world. The man who did the shooting yesterday is a man who bought into that, quite literally. I mean, you can speak about — hyperbolically, but when you — when those are stakes, when you say, unless we stop Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the republic will not survive, then that justifies anything. That’s the language, the ideology, the rationale of terrorists. The fate of the world hangs on this, and it’s up to the leadership to say, these are policies. This is not the fate of the republic.”

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