Van Hollen On Threats: The GOP Leadership Is Pouring Gasoline On Flames (VIDEO)

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), chair of the DCCC, called out the GOP leadership today for not working to change its anti-health care rhetoric — rhetoric which Van Hollen says has contributed to recent threats and acts of violence toward lawmakers.“The Republican leadership, instead of saying to its supporters around the country, ‘calm down’ … they are pouring more and more gasoline on flames. And that is irresponsible. It’s time that there be some adult supervision within the Republican party. That some Republican leader say, ‘This is unacceptable,'” Van Hollen told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

Van Hollen said the far right — and its violent threats — “is now the face of the Republican party.”

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