Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said on June 15 that President Donald Trump should stop calling people "losers" and tone down the political rhetoric (video below).
Flake made his comments during an interview with MSNBC host Chuck Todd ahead of the Congressional Baseball Game. There was a shooting during a Republican baseball practice on June 14, which many politicians have blamed on rhetoric.
Flake suggested that lawmakers, including Trump, need to act more like leaders:
We’ve got to lead by example, frankly, we got to do the same, tone down the rhetoric and the language that we use, and I do hope the president will do the same. We saw a campaign where, on all sides it was, frankly, pretty ugly. And we’ve got to change it. I hope the president will lead.
And I hope that we will in Congress, as well. There's a lot that we can do. We’ve just got to stop ascribing the worst motives to our opponents, and debate ideas ...
Well, there’s things that [Trump] could stop doing, referring to others in the other party as "losers," or using other language that isn’t becoming. And it's done on our side as well, and certainly the president's opponents use that kind of language as well, going after him, and I think they ought to stop that.
Trump turned up the rhetoric on June 16 in a tweet that appeared to attack Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the memo to justify Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump tweeted: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt."
Trump's tweet appeared to contradict his many past assertions that he was not under investigation. Politico reports that Trump has been known to suddenly blurt out to his friends and allies: "I’m not under investigation."
One adviser, who has talked to Trump and Trump's top aides, told the news site: "It’s basically all he talks about on the phone."
Trump's advisers have reportedly tried to placate the president by agreeing with him that the investigations are a “witch hunt” and by assuring him: "Eventually, you will be cleared."
Back on Twitter, Trump went on to mock what he believes is a lack of proof from the investigations: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians,' nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!"
According to History.com, the infamous Watergate burglary of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) happened on June 17, 1972, prior to the presidential election that November. Former President Richard Nixon engaged in a cover-up with several of his top aides, but was not forced to resign until over two years later in August 1974.
It has been alleged that the Russian government hacked into the DNC's emails in 2016 prior to that election, and that the Trump campaign was in contact with the Russian government. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed by Rosenstein to investigate the incident, which Comey was looking into before Trump fired him.