Heated rhetoric weighing on the minds of voters

This frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV shows FBI agents covering a van after the tarp fell off as it was transported from Plantation, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, that federal agents and police officers have been examining in connection with package bombs that were sent to high-profile critics of President Donald Trump. The van has several stickers on the windows, including American flags, decals with logos and text. (WPLG-TV via AP)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - You could call it modern day politics in a nutshell.

In the last few years, we’ve seen supporters of President Trump encouraging the jailing of a political opponent, Hillary Clinton and so-called Antifa members breaking windows over a conservative speaker at University of California at Berkeley.

Political violence, went a step further at a Virginia baseball field where republicans were targeted by a gunman, who turned out to b a Bernie Sanders backer.

Now, authorities have been dealing with packages containing explosives sent to top Democrats who have criticized President Trump. The suspect is a Trump supporter.

The seeds of violence were planted long before this on both sides.

I could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot someone and not lose any voters,” Trump said as a candidate back in January of 2016.

Then the day after he took the oath of office, at the Women’s March, Madonna said this.

“I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”

Now, leaders are calling for a change in tone.

"This is just you know trying to divide people, “ Former Vice President Joe Biden said this week

“Americans must unify and we must show the world that we are united together in peace and love and harmony as fellow American citizens,” President Trump said Friday after the suspect in the case,

Voters now weighing how we got here and where we go next.

"It’s just unfortunate that we’re so entrenched on i’m blue or i’m red. What is America? America is red white and blue," said Leroy Matthews, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident visiting Washington D.C.

Maria and Theresa Soltero are sisters visiting Washington D.C. from Texas.

Blinking back tears, Maria Soltero said this:

"It’s just scary. I mean i’m 60 some years old and i never thought we would have doubts that our country would survive."

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