Eight Desperate Media Attempts to Tie Trump to the ‘Suspicious Packages’ Sent to CNN, Dems

POTUS critics did not hold back after Obama, Clintons and other prominent liberals were targeted

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After suspicious packages containing crude explosive devices were sent to prominent Democrats and CNN’s New York City bureau on Wednesday, mainstream media figures wasted no time in trying to make President Donald Trump and his fake news criticism responsible instead of the potential bomber or bombers.

In fact, #MAGABomber — referring, of course, to Trump’s iconic “Make America Great again” campaign slogan — began trending on Twitter Wednesday as social media users blamed the president and held him responsible for the bomb threats.

Former President Barack Obama, the Clintons, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, and other Democrats reportedly were sent suspicious packages (though these individuals never themselves opened the packages or even saw them, in some cases). The package addressed to Brennan was sent to the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, which caused CNN’s New York bureau, housed within the building, to evacuate.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who fielded bipartisan backlash this summer for her repeated calls to harass Trump administration officials, was also sent a suspicious package. But she insisted in a statement, “I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”

Trump strongly condemned the person or persons responsible for sending the bombs to CNN and the prominent Democrats, saying during a press conference on Wednesday, “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort.”

“We have to unify. We have to come together,” Trump said at the press event, meant originally as a bill-signing for opioid legislation.

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“Acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” he also said.

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But mainstream media members and social media users were already trying to draw lines from Trump to the bomb threats, noting that the president has criticized all of the targets directly and repeatedly piled on the fake news media as the “enemy of the people.”

Here are eight of the most egregious reactions from media members straining and scrambling to tie the bomb threats to Trump:

1.) ABC News’ “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin (pictured above left): “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.'”

“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,” she added.

2.) MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough (above right), on Twitter: “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.”

Scarborough also ripped the president’s daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, for tweeting, “I strongly condemn the attempted acts of violence against President Obama, the Clinton family, @CNN & others. There is no excuse — America is better than this.”

Scarborough replied, “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?”

3.) Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas, on Twitter: “Trump wrongly convinced his supporters that Clinton, Obama, Brennan, and Soros are behind a ‘deep state’ conspiracy theory. He uses Stalinist rhetoric to demonize the press. He has explicitly praised political violence. And now his favorite targets are being targeted by bombs.”

4.) MSNBC contributor and Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, on Twitter: “We are not saying Trump causes bomb threats; we are saying his rhetoric is unlike any of his predecessors, does damage to our democracy and can motivate fringe characters to behave violently. He systematically destroys comity, decency and rationality.”

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

6.) ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, on Twitter: “It is hard not to think that if you were law enforcement and wanted to learn who might be mailed bomb next, then you would look at Trump speeches at campaign rallies and his twitter feed.”

7.) Medium and Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti, on Twitter: “Trump says Hillary should be ‘locked up.’ That CNN is ‘fake news.’ That Maxine Waters is ‘low IQ.’ That Wasserman-Schultz shouldn’t be let ‘off the hook.’ That Obama wasn’t born here. That Soros was paying protesters. They were all mailed bombs. But sure, it’s just ‘rhetoric.'”

8.) Media Matters senior fellow Matthew Gertz, on Twitter: “President Trump’s attacks on the press continued following a mass shooting at a Maryland paper, the arrests of people who used his rhetoric while threatening to murder reporters, and the murder of a WaPo journalist in Turkey. The CNN bomb won’t stop him.”

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