President Donald Trump. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- You know the old proverb “the fish rots from the head.”
It may date back as much as 400 years, because it speaks to an eternal truth – leadership matters.
The people at the top of an organization set the terms of its culture. If that culture turns out to be rotten, you know where to look for the cause.
As I’m taping this, we don’t know who sent those pipe bombs to CNN and top Democrats yesterday. No need to jump to conclusions about the criminals’ inspiration.
It could be someone inspired by the president’s characterizations of the Democrats as “evil” and the media as “the enemy of the people,” or it could be a dangerous kook of some other kind.
Unfortunately, we have plenty of them.
We’ll find out who did it soon enough.
But there is no need to reserve judgement on the president’s comments yesterday in the wake of the terrorism.
“In these times, we have to unify,” he said. “We have to come together and send one very clear, strong and unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
This script was delivered with the sincerity of a hostage statement.
The president’s been bragging for years about his credo: “when they hit me, I hit back harder.” And I must have missed his recent speeches in which he appeals for peace and calm as well as votes.
I did catch the one where he gushed over a Montana congessman’s assault on a reporter. “Any guy that can do a body slam…he’s my guy,” said our unifier in chief.
What’s the over/under on how long it takes before he starts up again?
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