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.”
This is an ongoing situation that President Trump and his admin are monitoring closely. Our condemnation of these dispicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants. These cowardly acts are unacceptable and wont be tolerated. https://t.co/YbMbCUWMPC
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 24, 2018
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.
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!”
I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
Trump Jr. called for a stop to the violence, “regardless of party or ideology.”
As someone whose family has directly been the victim of these mail threats I condemn whoever did this regardless of party or ideology. This crap has to stop and I hope they end up in jail for a long time. https://t.co/pajRgM4hYm
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 24, 2018
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.
Violence is never OK. Reports of bombs sent to the homes of Obama, Clinton, and Soros are deeply, deeply disturbing. America is better than this. Political disagreements are fine, even healthy, but we should always be civil and respect each other’s humanity.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 24, 2018
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.
These attempted attacks that have been made are beyond criminal, they are acts of pure terror. Violence and terror have no place in our politics or anywhere else in our society.
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 24, 2018
Those responsible for these evil acts of terror must be hunted down and brought to justice, and I have great confidence that our law enforcement officers will succeed in that mission. As a nation, we must agree that this is a dangerous path and it cannot become the new normal.
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 24, 2018
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.”
Violence and mob attacks are the same whether leveled at someone you like or your political adversary. They should all be condemned and stood up to. https://t.co/sYIAbnwgdd
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 23, 2018
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.
Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice. We cannot tolerate any attempt to terrorize public figures. I am grateful to the @SecretService, Capitol Police, and all law enforcement who guard against these threats. https://t.co/HUQQxynU9h
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 24, 2018
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.
Today's attempted violent attacks at elected officials and the media are intolerable and have no place in our nation. We are better than this. I expect that whoever is responsible for these heinous acts will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) October 24, 2018
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called for all Americans to not “tolerate terrorism against anyone. Period.”
Every American should be angry about these potentially explosive devices targeting U.S. political figures. We should not ever tolerate terrorism against anyone. Period. The full weight of the federal govt should be used to find,arrest,prosecute & punish whoever is behind this.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 24, 2018
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.”