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The recent surge in political violence began with the 2020 summer riots

Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday said the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband Paul Pelosi was part of a recent flare-up of political violence that began with the riots in the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd.

Anchor Chuck Todd said: “You had to cancel your outdoor grand opening at the start of 2021. It was the day after the January 6 attack. You talked about direct threats against your family. I think it was your COVID policies that seemed to induce people to make these threats. Look, you had to deal with this. Where do you think this rise in political violence comes from? »

Sununu said, “Well listen, you can go back to the beginning. It started in the summer of 2020, didn’t it? You have seen cities burn. You didn’t see much responsibility there. The line for people who weren’t okay with what might have happened, unhappy with what’s happening in their community, the line has moved completely with very little accountability. It set a new normal in a dangerous way and it spills over into politics and what happens in 2020, the craziness of what we saw on January 6, what happened to Steve Scalise. That was years before 2020. These threats against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Gabby Giffords, there seems to be no end. It’s on both sides of the aisle. Look, people just have to take the heat here. I mean, it’s America. It is one of the most amazing places on planet Earth. We should all wake up and be grateful. We could disagree and have heated arguments, of course. When you cross the line of violence, it does not help your cause. It doesn’t do the system any good and it weakens everything.

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