Earlier this week, suspicious manila envelopes were sent to broadcaster CNN, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and a handful of other high-profile democrat figures. Each contained a crudely-made pipe bomb.
Though successfully intercepted, US President Donald Trump is remaining vocal about his outrage regarding this attack, forcefully reiterating the point that ‘acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States’.
As AP reports, Trump used the term ‘despicable’ to describe the series of attempted attacks, ensuring that a ‘major federal investigation’ had commenced promptly:
‘We’re extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it.’
Uniting for the good of the nation
These crude acts of violence have come less than two weeks before the midterm elections. As a result, an already unnerved country in the midst of a politically-induced trade war has heightened over the bitter direction that political discourse seems to be heading in.
Thankfully, Trump has stepped up as a leader of the free world, rallying a call for unity in the midst of a divisive campaign season:
‘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.’
Many following Trump’s suit
Many are on board with Trump’s strong and noble message.
Hillary Clinton says these attacks show signs of a ‘troubling time…of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together’.
House Speaker Paul Ryan shows similar concern for these ‘reprehensible acts’ of political violence, seeing these bombs as poor attempts to achieve no more than ‘terrorise public figures’.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used the shocking term ‘domestic terrorism’ to describe the events.
Representative Steve Scalise, a victim of a shooting that targeted Republican congressmen back in 2017, tweeted ‘we must agree that this is a dangerous path and it cannot become the new normal’.
Of course, there’s always a pocket of naysayers, no matter how valiant the cause…
Democrats shout ‘hypocrisy’
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement outlining their belief that Trump facilitated these crude attacks.
‘Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions…Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.’
These words come off the bat of Trump’s praise for GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte’s assault of a reporter. Though there are claims the reporter entered without permission.
More frequently brought up is Trump’s constant advocation that major news organisations supply ‘fake news’ and are ‘the enemy of the people’.
But as Utah Republican, Senator Orrin Hatch, puts it, ‘I don’t see anything really wrong with the president. He’s in a tough position, attacked on all sides, and he ought to be able to express himself.’
Moreover, what democrats fail to acknowledge is the fact that the packages ‘were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such’, the Secret Service said. The targets ‘did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them’.
Something tells me if the President had wanted it, those attacks would have been successful.
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