I’m sure it’s just a coincidence. Right?
Courtesy of The Hill:
Explosive devices were sent Tuesday and Wednesday to former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, as well as CNN, raising new fears about violence in a politically polarized country just two weeks from midterm elections that could change the power structure in Washington.
The suspicious packages led to the evacuation of the Time Warner building in Manhattan and a full investigation involving the Secret Service as well as federal, state and local authorities.
Packages were also addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
A suspicious package also led to the evacuation of former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s congressional office in Florida. Her address had been listed as the return address on the package addressed to Holder.
All of the people targeted by the packages have been frequently criticized by President Trump, who condemned the attempted attacks as “abhorrent” during remarks from the White House on Wednesday afternoon.
There was an earlier claim that a bomb had also been sent to the White House but that turned out to be bullshit.
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, CNN, this is like a who’s who of people who Donald Trump hates.
Here was his response to all of this earlier today.
President Trump on suspicious packages: “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.” pic.twitter.com/VvJj8Ukbt2
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 24, 2018
If Trump really wants to send a message that acts or threats of violence have no place in the United States, he could stop sending out marching orders to his followers during every single one of his Hitler rallies.
Of course if the rally he attended today, on the same day we learned of the bomb threats, he is not going to change one word of his rhetoric.
Tonight: Trump crowd chants “lock her up” after bomb mailed to Hillary Clinton pic.twitter.com/X4ZiqONhH3
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) October 24, 2018
Lock her up for what? Surviving an attempted assassination?
What does he think they are going to do with all of that anger he constantly drums up, write a scathing email in all caps?
Speaking of his followers, the ones in the media were quick to deflect the blame.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Minutes after news broke of “potential explosive devices” being mailed to the homes of former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, along with CNN’s New York City studio, the dark corners of the conservative Internet were declaring it a plot to gin up empathy for Democrats.
Cries that the bomb threats were merely a “false flag” operation were evident on Twitter and pro-Trump forums. Many of the personalities pushing the claim were fringe types. But not all of them.
Popular talk radio host Rush Limbaugh hinted that the attempted bombings were set-up by Democrats, saying they would serve a political “purpose.”
“It’s happening in October,” Limbaugh said. “There’s a reason for this.”
Frank Gaffney, an Islamophobe who has held posts on Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign and in the Ronald Reagan White House, suggested the packages were a “deflection” technique. “None of the leftists ostensibly targeted for pipe-bombs were actually at serious risk, since security details would be screening their mail,” he tweeted. “So let’s determine not only who is responsible for these bombs, but whether they were trying to deflect attention from the Left’s mobs.”
John Cardillo, a former NYPD officer and popular right-wing radio host, initially denounced political violence on both sides of the aisle, but quickly broadcast his skepticism that the threats were legit. “Just too coincidental that two weeks before Election Day, as the ‘blue wave’ has turned into a ripple, and the left is losing ground because of incivility and violent rhetoric, explosive devices show up in the mailboxes of Soros, Clinton, and Obama,” he wrote on Twitter. He later deleted the tweet.
Gab, a social media network that’s popular with alt-right figures who have been kicked off of Twitter, implied that the bomb attacks were a false flag. Devoted Trump supporters on forums like 4Chan and Reddit had similar reactions, claiming the bombs were set up by Democrats—or regretting that the bombs didn’t go off.
Look, to be completely fair we do not yet know who sent these devices.
Is it possible that it was a progressive trying to drum up sympathy for the Democrats before the midterms?
Sure, it’s possible.
Is it likely?
For one thing, despite what Rush Limbaugh claims, bombs are typically the weapon of choice for the Right Wing.
I mean Timothy McVeigh was certainly not a card-carrying liberal, and the people who bombed numerous abortion clinics certainly did not walk there in their Birkenstocks.
It is far more likely that at least one of his Trumpsters attended one rally too many, and finally hit a breaking point.
That likely means that there are more of these devices coming, and that should worry everybody that Donald Trump has targeted in a speech, sit down interview, or tweet.
Update: The president of CNN is not waiting to assign blame.
Statement from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker: pic.twitter.com/OXyIT6oSLT
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 24, 2018
Is that fair? We don’t know if it is fair to blame Trump for this, but I think it is more than fair to blame him for the lack of civility in the country and some of the threats that have been directed at the media.