In his opening remarks tonight, Tucker Carlson denounced Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte for body-slamming a reporter who tried to ask him a question.

Tucker said this highlights the growing problem of violence in politics, which is simply never acceptable.

He said Gianforte, who has been charged with misdemeanor assault, may be a Republican, but the threat of violence in the current political climate comes overwhelmingly from the progressive left.

"The left has gone insane. And if you don't believe it, check out what's been happening to non-liberal members of congress lately," Tucker said, pointing to Republican members of Congress Martha McSally, Tom Garrett and David Kustoff, who have recently been on the receiving end of harassment and death threats.

He acknowledged there will always be "loonies" in a country of 320 million, and political movements shouldn't be judged solely by their violent outliers.

"And yet when every conservative speaker on campus is an excuse to riot, when every Trump rally is a chance to assault someone wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat, when your party's elder stateswoman is famous for celebrating racial violence during the L.A. riots - as Maxine Waters is - it's no longer a matter of outliers," Tucker said. "It's something very different."

He said political parties exist to conduct politics, which is supposed to be conflict without bloodshed.

"The moment those parties embrace violence - not just committing it, but also excusing, condoning, fantasizing about it - they are no longer political organizations. They're awfully close to militias," Tucker said. "And the rest of us are definitely much closer to the breakdown of everything we cherish in this country. Violence is the bright line, and they're very close to crossing it."

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