In response to suspected bomb packages being to multiple high-profile Democrats and CNN’s New York bureau, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a joint statement bashing President Donald Trump.
They both first praised law enforcement for their “work to counter the outrageous mail bomb attacks.”
“We listened with great interest to the president’s remarks this afternoon,” the statement continued. “[…] President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reveres his statements that condone acts of violence.”
The statement pointed to Trump’s past rhetoric aimed at the media and others:
Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protesters, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the press as the enemy of the people.
The initial remarks that the statement was referring to were comments made by both the president and first lady Melania Trump regarding the suspicious bomb packages, which the pair stated at a previously scheduled event.
“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,” Trump said.
“We cannot tolerate those cowardly attacks, and I strongly condemn all who choose violence,” the first lady said. “I’m grateful to the Secret Service, as well as the local and federal law enforcement for all they do on a daily basis to keep us safe and encourage people across the country to choose kindness over hatred.”
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— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) October 24, 2018
Their comments were in addition to the statement that the White House released, in which it characterized the incidents as “terrorizing acts.”