Trump says ‘ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tion’ un­der­way af­ter pipe bombs sent to CNN, high-pro­file Democrats

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump con­demned the se­ries of at­tempted at­tacks on high-pro­file Democrats and CNN on Wed­nes­day, declar­ing that “acts or threats of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence have no place in the United States. At­tempt­ing a bi­par­ti­san pause dur­ing a di­vi­sive cam­paign sea­son, Trump called for unity af­ter crude pipe bombs tar­get­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton, Barack Obama, CNN and oth­ers were in­ter­cepted Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. Trump called the sus­pi­cious pack­ages “de­spi­ca­ble” and said a “ma­jor fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion” was un­der­way. Com­ing just 13 days be­fore the midterm elections, the at­tempted at­tacks un­der­scored the deeply di­vided mo­ment in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. The pack­ages were di­rected at prom­i­nent Democrats and a cable net­work that have been sin­gled out and crit­i­cized by Trump. At his ral­lies and on Twit­ter, Trump has fre­quently lam­basted Clin­ton, Obama, CNN and oth­ers, of­ten with men­ac­ing un­der­tones. At a rally in Mon­tana last week, for in­stance, Trump praised Repub­li­can Rep. Greg Gian­forte, who pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing a re­porter, say­ing that “any guy that can do a body slam … he’s my guy.” And he has re­peat­edly sin­gled out CNN as he rails against the “fake news” me­dia, egging on his crowds as they jeer re­porters cov­er­ing his ral­lies and smil­ing as they chant “CNN sucks!” In his re­marks at the White House on Wed­nes­day, Trump de­scribed “sus­pi­cious pack­ages and de­vices mailed to cur­rent and for­mer high-rank­ing govern­ment of­fi­cials,” and urged the na­tion 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.” “We’re ex­tremely an­gry, up­set, un­happy about what we wit­nessed this morn­ing, and we will get to the bot­tom of it,” said Trump, who has some­times strug­gled to show em­pa­thy at mo­ments of na­tional sor­row. But crit­i­cism came quickly that the White House was fail­ing to ad­dress the role that the pres­i­dent’s in­cen­di­ary rhetoric has had in stok­ing ten­sions, with CNN Pres­i­dent Jeff Zucker es­pe­cially pointed in his cri­tique. “There is a to­tal and com­plete lack of un­der­stand­ing at the White House about the se­ri­ous­ness of their con­tin­ued at­tacks on the me­dia,” he said in a state­ment. “The Pres­i­dent, and es­pe­cially the White House Press Sec­re­tary, should un­der­stand their words mat­ter.” In her ini­tial state­ment, White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders con­demned “the at­tempted vi­o­lent at­tacks re­cently made against Pres­i­dent Obama, Pres­i­dent Clin­ton, Sec­re­tary Clin­ton, and other pub­lic fig­ures,” say­ing, “These ter­ror­iz­ing acts are de­spi­ca­ble” and call­ing the per­pe­tra­tors “cow­ards.” That state­ment was sent to re­porters be­fore news sur­faced of the CNN pack­age, but it was tweeted af­ter the news had bro­ken. San­ders later tweeted that the con­dem­na­tion “cer­tainly in­cludes threats made to CNN as well as cur­rent or for­mer pub­lic ser­vants.” Trump’s cam­paign also apol­o­gized for an email it sent crit­i­ciz­ing CNN less than two hours af­ter that net­work’s New York head­quar­ters was evac­u­ated. Cam­paign chair­man Brad Parscale said that it was an au­to­mated mes­sage and that the cam­paign does not con­done vi­o­lence against any­one who works for the net­work. At his cam­paign ral­lies and in the White House, Trump has at times ca­su­ally en­dorsed vi­o­lence. At an Iowa rally in 2016, he en­cour­aged sup­port­ers to “knock the crap” out of protesters in the crowd. More re­cently, he told law en­force­ment of­fi­cers not to be “too nice” when de­tain­ing sus­pects. Last year, he tweeted a video that showed him tack­ling and punch­ing a per­son whose head had been dig­i­tally re­placed with the CNN logo. But re­cently Trump has sought to flip the script on Democrats, cit­ing their ag­gres­sive op­po­si­tion to Brett Ka­vanaugh’s Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion as ev­i­dence that the party is a dan­ger­ous “mob.”

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