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Dem rep: Trump has ‘created a permissive environment’ where bombings, shootings happen

Dem rep: Trump has ‘created a permissive environment’ where bombings, shootings happen
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Democratic Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellChina has already infiltrated America's institutions Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' The Memo: New riot footage stuns Trump trial MORE (Calif.) pointed some of the blame at President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE for a spate of recent violence in the U.S., saying his rhetoric creates "a permissive environment" for such things to happen.

“He certainly didn’t send the bombs, he didn’t fire the weapon that was used, but he's created a permissive environment in our country where he stokes hate and it looks like it's inspiring individuals to carry out these deadly acts," Swalwell said on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.  

His comments came after a week of violence that saw a rash of attempted bomb attacks against prominent Democrats and a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead.  

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Swalwell went on to say that while past presidents have had success in unifying the country in the wake of tragedies, Trump has failed in that duty.

"I think back to the different presidents in my lifetime… they brought the country together," he said.

"And to see so many people protesting at a tragedy is heartbreaking, the office of consoler-in-chief is vacant right now.”

When asked about how to improve the situation, the California lawmaker said that the midterm elections were the way to seek improvement.

“He’s not going to change, we have to change the people who hold him to account,” he said.

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“Republicans who are just all too willing to dismiss, or say that they’re disappointed… but not willing to anything at all to check him.”

Swalwell finished the interview by explaining Trump's recent statements as a political diversion.

“The president wants to fight a culture war right now," he said.

"He wants to blame the problems that people have in their lives on the media, on this dwindling caravan and now this birthright issue when most people are actually thinking about their healthcare costs… they want to know that their paychecks are going to increase and that tax cuts won’t go to the wealthiest and they want to see corruption rooted out in Washington.”