Trump has created an atmosphere where the bombs were not surprising.
Let’s see if he calls it terrorism. I doubt it.
Think about how our modern Presidents would have handled this moment — Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama. Trump was bare bones basic with zero understanding of role he's played in fostering the bitterness and crudity of our national discourse and attacks on the media.
— Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2) October 24, 2018
BREAKING: Trump on bomb scares: "Political violence" has no place in U.S. https://t.co/xL6Y93MXii
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 24, 2018
Trump: "This egregious conduct is abhorrent" to everything "we hold dear." He promises more updates. He ad-libs, "We're extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it." Then on to previously scheduled opioid remarks.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 24, 2018
Important to note that the President did not address the fact that one of these devices was sent to a news organization, CNN. He only talked about packages mailed "to current and former high ranking government officials." Brennan-addressed package was sent to CNN bureau https://t.co/SPwlHXRkWd
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) October 24, 2018
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 24, 2018
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 24, 2018
Every single recipient of the bomb packages — Soros, Obama, Clinton, Wasserman-Schultz, Holder, CNN — has been a target of Trump’s vicious comments at his raucous rallies. He didn’t light the fire, of course, and he’s condemning it, but he brought the kindling and the matches.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 24, 2018
Last night he told a crowd that Beto O’Rourke and Hillary Clinton should share a jail cell. https://t.co/Y3RxwI4tzo
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) October 24, 2018
I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
We are not saying Trump causes bomb threats; we are saying his rhetoric is unlike any of his predecessors, does damage to our democracy and can motivate fringe characters to behave violently. He systematically destroys comity, decency and rationalityhttps://t.co/padgHuOWcb
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) October 24, 2018
WATCH: "All of these packages contained something similar to this, a pipe bomb-type device… the device itself did contain explosive powder, but whether it would work, how it was designed to work… that is all to be determined." – @PeteWilliamsNBC pic.twitter.com/hNxpKulKPU
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 24, 2018
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) October 24, 2018
What tone will @realDonaldTrump take tonight at his rally in Wisconsin, given the serial bombs that were delivered to several of his favorite verbal targets?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) October 24, 2018
Everyone who has received a bomb – Soros, the Clintons, Obama, Brennan delivered to CNN – are all people who have been the targets of right wing conspiracy theories pushed by Trump and @FoxNews. THIS is why these crazy stories are so dangerous. STOP before someone gets killed!
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 24, 2018
Trump isn't the only person to blame for these bombs. Fox News made the Clintons, the Obamas, Soros, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz into villains. Trump wakes up every morning and repeats what they tell him.
Propaganda is dangerous. Propaganda backed by the government is worse.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) October 24, 2018
I am truly grateful for the support of all who have reached out to inquire about the safety of my family after the attempted bomb attack. Here’s my op-ed in the @NYtimes about the incident and what is happening to politics in America today. https://t.co/9VALGi85yS
— Alexander Soros, PhD (@AlexanderSoros) October 24, 2018
UPDATE: bombs/evacuations –
*CNN (addressed to John Brennan)
*office building of Debbie Wasserman Schultz
*offices of Kamala Harris
ALL outspoken critics of Trump, who he in turn has publicly attacked.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 24, 2018
UPDATE: San Diego police say the bomb scare at the Union-Tribune newspaper building was a false alarm. The packages were abandoned property.
— NPR (@NPR) October 24, 2018
‘Way to lead’: Trump slammed for responding to mail bomb crisis by lazily retweeting Mike Pence https://t.co/rARZnC1fGv
— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 24, 2018
Americans must never & I believe will never accept terrorism against any of us. If the terrorist(s) doing this believed otherwise they are very mistaken. Because we are free,we openly & passionately argue over our political differences. But we settle them with ballots,not bombs. https://t.co/4SI2mWPyYw
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 24, 2018
Packages to Soros, Obamas, Clintons, Brennan c/o CNN, Holder — these devices, per law enforcement sources, were rudimentary but functional.
Meaning the intent here was mass murder.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 24, 2018
Of the 535 members of the House and Senate, I wonder how the bomber picked Waters. https://t.co/rPswKvHmaX
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) October 24, 2018
— Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) October 29, 2018