Bill Clinton makes it clear that he does not want to stifle vigorous debate or to discourage anyone from expressing themselves. But he cautions against the angry rhetoric that could lead the unhinged to violence.
Today in an interview with CNN former President Bill Clinton said that there are parallels between the 'upheaval' of 1995 that led to the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people(then the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history). President Clinton said, "There's the same kind of economic and social upheaval now. Then, you had the rise of extremist voices on talk radio."
"In an interview with the New York Times on Friday, President Clinton warned of the effect that angry political rhetoric might have on anti-government radicals like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh; he pointed to Rep. Michele Bachmann calling the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress "the gangster government" at a tax day Tea Party rally on Thursday. 'They are not gangsters,' former President Clinton told the newspaper. 'They were elected. They are not doing anything they were not elected to do.' Former President Clinton said that demonizing the government with incendiary language can have effects beyond just rallying a crowd. 'There can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do,' former President Clinton told the newspaper, pointing out that McVeigh and his conspirators 'were profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.' "