I’m sure that no one had any idea that their words would inflame the mind of a lunatic. Maybe not so much the words themselves, but an atmosphere of approval of violence against people you disagree with politically has been created. And I know that Democrats have also engaged in such speech and it could have very well been Republicans as victims of a liberal-leaning nutcase. But everybody should realize that there are consequences to that type of talk. Otherwise, this will happen again and no one will be able to tell themselves that they didn’t know this could happen. They will have to live with the knowledge that they were partially to blame for the death of innocent people.
One side of the polical spectrum will disparage the other side to the point that the opposing side is seen as evil. This has to stop, we are all Americans who love their country. We should treat each other with respect, if only for that reason.