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CNN’s John King Thinks ‘No One Is Blaming Trump’ for Bomb Threats, Yet His Own Network Is Doing Just That

Has the anchor even watched the coverage or seen his co-workers' tweets?

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CNN anchor John King insisted Thursday on “Inside Politics” that “no one’s blaming” President Donald Trump for the suspicious packages containing crude explosives that were sent Wednesday to CNN’s New York bureau and to prominent Democrats.

Has King (shown above left) been watching his own network’s coverage — or seen his own co-workers’ tweets?

“No one’s blaming the president. Is anyone blaming the president?” King asked one of his panels stocked with media members.

“But the president now wants to make this about him.”

“Amen to the president for what he first said yesterday. ‘Let’s take a breath, let’s everybody tone it down. Let’s just see where the — let the investigators do their job. We can all be better.’ But then, it’s our fault? Why?” King wanted to know.

He apparently was reacting to comments Trump made Wednesday, accompanied by a follow-up tweet Thursday.

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Former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, and Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) reportedly were sent suspicious packages.

Related: Explosive Device Was Sent to Anti-Trumper Robert De Niro

The package addressed to Brennan was sent to the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, which prompted CNN’s New York bureau, housed within the building, to be evacuated.

After strongly condemning the sending of the suspicious packages and any form of political violence, Trump also urged media members to examine themselves for the parts they make have played in fomenting the divisive current political environment.

“A very big part of the anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!” Trump tweeted Thursday.

Although many CNN employees and other media members insisted they weren’t blaming Trump for the bomb threats, they harbored no qualms about accusing the president of fanning the flames of political violence and of tying his harsh criticisms of fake news and Democrats to the bombs.

“Look, let’s be clear — the president is not responsible for these bombs. He didn’t order anyone to send a bomb to CNN or to Joe Biden’s house,” CNN’s S.E. Cupp said on the network’s “Wolf.”

“The problem is the president has created a culture of comfort for violent rhetoric and actual violence. Attacks like this have been organized against members of the media and against politicians for centuries, but in the past they would find no refuge, no safe space,” Cupp insisted. “He’s blaming the targets of those attacks.”

CNN’s own president, Jeff Zucker, specifically targeted Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement Wednesday.

“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Zucker said. “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

Sanders rejected any implications Trump shared blame for the suspicious packages, telling reporters Thursday that such a notion is “absolutely ridiculous.”

When CNN reporter Abby Phillips asked Sanders about the president’s rhetoric, Sanders replied, “Yesterday, the very first thing that the president did was come out and condemn the violence. The very first thing your network did was come out and accuse the president of being responsible for it. That is not OK.”

Related: Sanders Rebukes CNN’s Zucker for Choosing ‘to Attack and Divide’

But CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (above right) tweeted, “Trump talked about the bombs sent to former public officials at his rally in Wisconsin. But once again he didn’t mention CNN. On top of all that, he criticized the ‘media’ for coverage he doesn’t like. And, of course, he took no responsibility for his own rhetoric.”

CNN senior political analyst David Gergen tweeted, “As I said last night on @AC360, Trump has unleashed dogs of hatred — and subsequent snarling and barking — in such a way that threats of violence were inevitable. The president may not be directly responsible for yesterday, but he creates the climate of hatred that led us here.”

A CNN chyron from Thursday read, “CNN: Trump has no plans to claim any personal responsibility for inciting serial bomber,” as Politico’s Gabby Orr noted.

“It’s one thing to assume — bc all targets were Dems — that culprit is a Trump supporter. But to run a chyron that’s entirely predicated on an assumption (unless CNN has new intel they have yet to share!) seems, er, risky,” Orr tweeted.

Another chyron read, “Manhunt for serial bomber going after Trump’s targets,” as The Hill’s Joe Concha highlighted.

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