Here Are the Prominent Republicans Demanding End to Political Violence After Suspicious Packages Sent to Dems

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Prominent Republicans are speaking out after suspicious packages were sent in the mail to prominent Democrat figures, including former President Barack Obama and former first lady Hillary Clinton.

The Trump administration condemned the “attempted violent attacks” in a statement press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released.

“These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Sanders wrote. “The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”

There were several attempted bombings found in packages that were intercepted before arriving at the designated addresses.

The suspicious packages were also sent to billionaire and liberal advocate George Soros’ home, CNN’s New York bureau, and the Florida office of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The suspicious package sent to CNN was addressed to ex-CIA director John Brennan. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill claimed it “appeared to be a live explosive device,” Fox News reported.

The U.S. Capitol Police are also investigating a suspicious package addressed to Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters, law enforcement told Fox News.

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It is not clear who is responsible for the packages, but the violent political act was firmly condemned on both sides.

The political violence was denounced by multiple prominent Republicans, including President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Speaker Paul Ryan, and others.

Trump retweeted Vice President Mike Pence’s condemnation of the “cowardly actions” that are “despicable.”

Trump added, “I agree wholeheartedly!”

Trump Jr. called for a stop to the violence, “regardless of party or ideology.”

Cruz condemned the “deeply, deeply disturbing” act of sending suspicious packages.

“Political disagreements are fine, even healthy, but we should always be civil and respect each other’s humanity,” the senator added.

Majority Whip Scalise personally understands the effects of violence as he was shot during the Republican congressional baseball practice in 2017 by a gunman who seemingly had political motives to attack GOP officials.

He condemned sending the suspicious packages, calling it an “act of pure terror” and that the violent political attacks don’t have a place in society.

“As a nation, we must agree that this is a dangerous path and it cannot become the new normal,” he wrote.

Sen. Rand Paul had a first-hand account of being targetted at his own home last year when a Democrat neighbor attacked him while he was mowing his lawn.

When an explosive device was found in Soros’ mailbox, the senator said: “Violence and mob attacks are the same whether leveled at someone you like or your political adversary.”

Ryan weighed in on the violence discussion, calling for, “Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice.”

He also gave thanks to those who helped to intercept the threats made.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) called the violent act “intolerable” and had “no place in our nation.”

“We are better than this,” Scott added.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called for all Americans to not “tolerate terrorism against anyone. Period.”

There is a widely stated call for an end to the political violence and rhetoric.

“What we saw here today was an effort to terrorize,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “This clearly is an act of terror.”

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I am interested to know how the packages go by secret service routine am checks .. and how they got there with NO postage marks on the packages. As if they were hand delivered.

Sue
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Desperate democrats are behind it. If I’m right, the American public will never know the culprit who sent them. FBI will not be able to pin point anybody.

Marietta
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Where were the prominent Dems condemning the violent rhetoric from MadMax and others?

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Where are the prominent Democratic voices? Denouncing Trump, not the violence. Maybe they should rein in Mad Max, Holder, Hillary (who’s trying to walk back her earlier comments). Denounce the violence of Antifa. Ask the MSM and Hollywood why they tacitly encourage violence through assassination images and failing to report… Read more »

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They most certainly do, if the standard is a 2-3 sentence tweet or official statement then that has been met by many on the left. I would agree that it isn’t enough based on the amount of angry harassing is done by the fringe left, but that IS done. IJR… Read more »

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