Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke out on Thursday after he was targeted in a string of suspected mail bombs.
“My hope is this recent spate of these, who knows exactly what they were, but these pipe bombs being mailed might wake everybody in my business up a little bit,” Biden said during remarks at the University at Buffalo.
“And realize that we have to begin to put this country back together again,” he added.
Watch the video below, via ABC News:
Joe Biden comments on suspicious packages: “My hope is that…these pipe bombs being mailed might wake everybody in my business up a bit and realize that we have to begin to put this country back together again.” https://t.co/4ExHD9dxvz pic.twitter.com/LjofqSRqqE
— ABC News (@ABC) October 26, 2018
“This division, this hatred, this ugliness — it has to end,” Biden said. “Words matter.”
Biden was targeted by two suspicious packages in a wave of threats against high-profile Democrats and frequent critics of President Donald Trump. Both devices were intercepted at postal facilities in Delaware before delivery.
According to NBC News, Biden also referenced Trump’s frequent harsh rhetoric directly during his comments on Thursday.
“The press is not the enemy of the people. Immigrants are not animals,” the former vice president said. “My hope and prayer is that all of our leaders will work to lower the temperature in our public dialogue, and I have faith that they will do that.”
Before the packages intended for him had been discovered, Biden spoke out on Wednesday after similar devices were sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Democratic donor George Soros.
This country has to come together. This division, this hatred, this ugliness has to end.
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) October 24, 2018
“This country has to come together,” Biden wrote. “This division, this hatred, this ugliness has to end.”