CBS News reports:
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson denounced “hateful rhetoric” across the political spectrum in the wake of a shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility that left three people dead. Abortion rights supporters have said that such rhetoric has motivated violence against Planned Parenthood clinics around the country.
“There is no question that you know hateful rhetoric no matter which side it comes from – right or left – is something that is detrimental to our society,” Carson said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday when asked about their claims. “Our strength in this country has traditionally been in our unity. And we are allowing all kinds of circumstances to divide us and make us hateful toward each other. And the rhetoric is extremely immature, divisive and is not helpful when you have outside forces – global Islamic radical jihadists who want to destroy us.”
He added that there’s “No question the hateful rhetoric exacerbates the situation” and urged “intelligent, civil discussion” about differences. Asked whether opponents of abortion should tone down their rhetoric, he said both sides should do so.