A bevy of unexploded package bombs sent to several highly influential Democrats caused a huge stir across America on Wednesday, as well as in the aftermath, as accusations flew thicker than political jabs in heated debate.
Billionaire Democrat donor George Soros received one package bomb, former President Obama’s office received another, and Hillary Clinton’s home was the intended target for a third. CNN’s New York headquarters got one, and so did former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz after it ended up at her office instead of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s, CNN reported.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) got a suspicious package. It’s still unknown if Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was the intended recipient of a suspicious package found near her office, which also houses the San Diego Union-Tribune. A suspicious package sent to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office was determined to simply be literature.
Many liberals are blaming Trump’s rhetoric for the attacks, even though he has not called for violence against Democrats — unlike the Democrats who seem to have called for violence against Trump supporters and officials.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement, saying that “Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.”
Alexander Soros, the son of the billionaire, wrote a New York Times op-ed piece blaming Trump for stirring up hostility around the world. He accused him of threatening democracy by demonizing opponents.
Even a Republican, outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), slyly suggested that Trump had some role in inspiring the attacks, telling a CNN reporter on the streets of New York City, "What the President says matters and if he were to take a more civil tone, it would make a difference ... the President shouldn't refer to the press as the 'enemy of the people.' We all need to watch the rhetoric that we use."
CNN itself attacked the Trump administration, with CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker releasing a statement saying, “There is a total lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media. The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”
Meanwhile, the Trump administration spread a message of unity in opposition to the bomber.
The president condemned the “egregious” acts as “domestic terrorism” and said that “in these times we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
“Mrs. Trump condemns all forms of threats and violence, and thanks law enforcement for their heroic efforts," said Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent out a statement condemning the attacks and saying that “these terrorizing acts are despicable,” calling the bomber or bombers “cowards.” She assured that the Secret Service is investigating and “anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Other Republicans weighed in: