Amid the chaos of suspicious packages showing up addressed to prominent Democratic politicians and public figures, there has been a big call for unity across the U.S.
Prominent Republicans crossed party lines on Wednesday to demand an end to the political violence.
The same day as a suspicious package appeared at CNN’s New York bureau, resulting in an evacuation, CNN president Jeff Zucker released a statement criticizing the White House and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Sanders released a statement after suspicious packages were found addressed to former President Barack Obama, former first lady Hillary Clinton, and others. She condemned the “attempted violent attacks.”
However, Zucker made a point to make the White House his focus.
In a tweet, he said the White House had a “total and complete lack of understanding” on the seriousness of these packages, which contain possible explosive devices. He also told Sanders that her words mattered and that she has “no comprehension.”
Statement from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker: pic.twitter.com/OXyIT6oSLT
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 24, 2018
In her original statement about the packages, Sanders referred to the “terrorizing acts” as “despicable,” adding that “anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
The press secretary snapped back at Zucker’s criticism on Twitter for his attempt to “attack and divide” the country.
She quoted President Donald Trump when he said that people across the country need “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 USA.”
Sanders then focused on Zucker, saying he “chose to attack and divide” the U.S.
“America should unite against all political violence,” she added.
.@realDonaldTrump asked Americans “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 USA” Yet you chose to attack and divide. America should unite against all political violence. https://t.co/Dlo3xwHyKi
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) October 25, 2018
Others showed the same distaste for the lack of unity amid the situation:
What the Hell are you talking about. The First Lady and The President of the United States of America on National TV Condemned the acts of Violence. You should understand your words matter and your station is complicit in stoking the fires of racism, indifferences and violence.
— Jar (@maniacalhellcat) October 25, 2018
Violence is wrong. But you are also wrong for never calling it out when it is against conservatives. Standard hypocritical crap, different day. This is monster of your own making.
— Hatshepsut28 (@hatshetsut28) October 25, 2018
Both the president and first lady Melania Trump condemned the attempted attacks Wednesday afternoon. The president said:
“I just want to tell you that 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.”
“It’s a very bipartisan statement. I can tell you from both sides. We both agree on that,” he added.
“We cannot tolerate those cowardly attacks, and I strongly condemn all who choose violence,” the first lady also said.