The media was intently focused Wednesday morning on reports that suspicious packages believed to be explosive devices had been mailed to former President Barack Obama, failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — both intercepted prior to delivery by the Secret Service — and the CNN studios in New York City, as well as reports of similar packages being mailed to a handful of Democratic members of Congress.
Despite a dearth of any sort of information about who was behind the packages or what motivated them, many on the left immediately sought to blame President Donald Trump and his supporters.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was quick to point his finger at Trump, suggesting the president was responsible not only for the packages but also for the recent suspicious death of a Saudi columnist for The Washington Post who is believed to have been killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Linking to a since-deleted tweet from The Associated Press, Scarborough tweeted, “The unrelenting hatred churned up by Donald Trump for the two years following 2016 is dangerous. A Washington Post columnist is dead and progressive icons are targets of bombs.”
The unrelenting hatred churned up by Donald Trump for the two years following 2016 is dangerous. A Washington Post columnist is dead and progressive icons are targets of bombs. https://t.co/SFkRuAIlFx
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 24, 2018
Scarborough also lashed out at the president’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, who had tweeted condemnation of the inexcusable acts of domestic terrorism. “Do you strongly condemn your father using the presidential bully pulpit and years of campaign rallies to constantly stir up hatred against CNN, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?” he replied.
The liberal ladies of ABC’s “The View,” specifically co-hosts Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Sonny Hostin, also condemned Trump for the package sent to CNN at the Time Warner building in New York City, which they pronounced was the direct result of his “war on the free press” and his labeling of certain media outlets as the “enemy of the people.”
“It’s terrible now. I don’t know, and you know, I’ve been texting with my former colleagues at CNN and they’re scared. And one colleague, former colleague said this is what happens when the president calls you the enemy of the people,” said Hostin, who used to work at CNN. “And I thought, my gosh, the tone is coming from the top and now CNN has become the target. Journalists that are simply trying to do their jobs.”
Hostin expressed her great doubt that Trump would say anything at all about the suspected explosive packages, much less condemn them — only to be informed by a producer that the White House already had issued a statement condemning the potentially violent acts.
The president retweeted a message of condemnation from Vice President Mike Pence — with which Trump agreed “wholeheartedly” — that read: “We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of SecretService,
FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.”
I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement via Twitter, “We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”
Statement on suspicious packages: pic.twitter.com/pYSbDvCvuk
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) October 24, 2018
There have been plenty of calls for incivility, threats of harassment and violence, and overt acts of harassment and violence over the past two years — virtually all of which were encouraged or perpetrated by Democrats and those on the left.
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California declared in June, “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton said, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, for what you care about.”
While conservatives condemned their rhetoric for possibly inciting violence, the liberal media and others on the left were largely silent.
Now that some folks on the left have been targeted for potential violence, their tune has changed — but rather than glancing in the mirror, they’re blaming Trump for setting a dangerous “tone.”
It is absolutely no surprise, of course. But we welcome any calls for a return to civil and nonviolent political discussion.
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