Here is video of Mark Potok, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, seeming to suggest that former President Ronald Regan's rhetoric against big Government - that Government "is the problem" - began a movement of violence against the Federal Government that "culminated" in the 1990's with the "death of 168 people" in the Oklahoma City bombing.
The idea that anyone would even associate Reagan's belief in small government and pointing out the dangers of Government growing too large, with the Oklahoma City bombing is completely ludicrous. It has become popular these days, even for those on the Left, to speak well of Reagan, despite the fact that while he was President, they ridiculed him and did everything they could to oppose his every move. This statement reverts to form, and shows what many on the Left really think of Reagan, and anyone who believes in limited Government.
"Well, I think one could make the argument that that really began with Ronald Reagan and the description of the federal government as a kind of enemy. And it was very much ginned up through the decades by talk radio, and so on. And we saw the first iteration, it seems to me, of real focused rage against the federal government in the 1990s, when the militia movement took that standard and brought it to new heights, or really depths. You know, and that, as we all know, culminated in the murder of 168 people in Oklahoma City back in 1995."