Blame Game: Trump Blames Media, Democrats Blame Trump

Jordan Kirkland - October 25th, 2018

On Thursday, two additional targets were mailed suspected explosive devices, prompting Republicans and Democrats to speak on who's to blame.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro are the latest high-profile figures to be sent explosive devices this week in a suspected mail-bomb campaign that investigators suspect is meant to kill.

It's worth noting that everyone who has been sent explosive devices so far is a prominent critic of President Trump. No motive has been determined.

The packages were quickly intercepted in the latest of a series of 10 mail bombs and suspicious packages that law enforcement is responding to with a domestic terrorism investigation.

In a statement on Twitter, Trump said the media is to blame for the mass anger in the country, calling them "Fake News."



The President has often derided the media as "fake news," even labeling reporters the "enemy of the people," Thursday's tweet is just Trump's latest response to prominent Democratic political figures criticizing him.


Some Democratic leaders have pointed out that Trump has demonized all of those who have been sent the suspicious parcels, claiming that his rhetoric may have inspired the mystery bomb maker or makers.


Former CIA Director John Brennan, who was an intended recipient of one of the packages, responded to Trump's tweet, telling the President to "stop blaming others" and "look in the mirror."


"Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, (and) encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful," Brennan wrote on Twitter to the President. "Clean up your act....try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better."



Following Trump's tweet, White House Press Secretary defended Trump's comments on the media while taking questions from reporters Thursday, saying he has "condemned violence in all forms, has done that since Day 1."


"The idea that this is at the hands of the president is absolutely ridiculous," the press secretary said.


"The President is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone," Sanders told reporters. "No more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice."



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