Donald Trump Says Government Catches The Bomb
Donald Trump condemns pipe bombs as ‘abhorrent, despicable’ – as it happened
We’re wrapping up with live updates for now. Read our full news story on the attempted bomb attacks here.
Here’s a recap of what we know so far:
-Pipe bombs were sent to former President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, liberal financier George Soros, and the offices of CNN.
No one was hurt, and authorities intercepted the devices sent to Obama and Clinton before they were delivered to their homes.
-Another suspected explosive device was found at the office of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Whoever sent the explosives used Wasserman Schultz as the return address.
It is believed that the package found at her office was sent to former Attorney General Eric Holder, but returned to sender because it had the wrong address.
-A sixth suspicious package, sent to California Rep. Maxine Waters, was intercepted at a Congressional mail facility and is under investigation.
-No suspects have been named. The FBI and other agencies have launched an extensive investigation.
CNN President Jeff Zucker criticized President Trump in the aftermath of the suspected attack, saying he has shown “no comprehension” of the seriousness of his attacks on the media.
President Trump’s campaign manager has apologized for a campaign e-mail sent out earlier in the day attacking CNN.
The e-mail cited CNN coverage of a Trump campaign rally and said, “I have some breaking news for CNN…That is the real America that exists outside of the liberal bubble.
It’s time for us to give the media another wake-up call from the American people.”
Campaign manager Brad Parscale said it was a “pre-programmed, automated message that was not caught before the news broke.”
Is America headed for a new civil war? Fury, violence
and now bombs show the US deeply divided
ANGRY protests, acts of violence and now a targeted explosives plot — the US has never been more bitterly divided. Is America headed for collapse?
ANGRY protests, acts of violence and now a targeted attack involving explosives — it seems America is more politically and socially divided than ever.
Over the past few years, leading up to and after the Presidential Election in 2016, researchers have been measuring sentiment across the party divide.
The results are increasingly alarming.
Left and right have never been further apart and the moderate center is rapidly evaporating, as is the willingness of people to listen to — or even associate with — their political opposites.
Liberals and conservatives don’t just disagree, but increasingly refuse to live near, work with, or socialize with each other.
And according to a recent poll, one-third of Americans strongly believe a civil war is inevitable.
During a rally of his supporters on Thursday, US President Donald Trump called for calm in the wake of several pipe bombs being sent to high-profile Democrats, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
News organization CNN was also a target.
“There is one way to settle our disagreements — it’s called peacefully, at the ballot box,” Mr. Trump told the crowd.
But after three years of hyper-partisan, divisive and at times violent rhetoric from the leader of the free world, is his sudden call for unity too little, too late?
A DANGEROUS NEW LOW
A number of crude but functional pipe bombs were mailed to high-profile targets across the United States yesterday, sparking mass evacuations and putting security agencies on high alert.
Among the recipients were former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, and Democratic politicians, Maxine Waters, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Fresh reports indicate authorities intercepted an explosive addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Former CIA director John Brennan and the New York bureau of news network CNN were also targeted.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described the threats as an act of domestic terrorism and sparked a war of words over who is to blame.
US political expert, author, and host of ABC’s Planet America John Barron said the apparent co-ordinated plot was deeply concerning.
“In the 1990s when a couple of white extremists targeted the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, it was very much read as being in response to the hyper-partisan environment that had been drummed up by certain Republicans,” Mr. Barron said.
“President Clinton at the time was able to skilfully call for an end to that partisan rancor, saying that this is what it leads to — you reap the hatred you sow.
“The difference here is President Trump is the sower in chief. He’s been exploiting deep partisan, gender and ethnic divisions in the United States for the past three years.”
All of the targets have one thing in common, Mr. Barron said — they have all been criticized repeatedly, and often pointedly, by Mr. Trump.
“In the same speech today where he was calling for unity, peace, love, and understanding, his supporters in the crowd were still chanting ‘lock her up!’ about Hillary Clinton, who’s just had a pipe bomb mailed to her,” he said.
“He blamed the negativity of the media. For him to attack the media at a time when CNN was evacuated because of a pipe bomb in their basement is pretty remarkable.
“It’s not even dog-whistling — it’s a full-throated wolf bark to the most conservative and racist elements in America.”
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