President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager issued an apology Wednesday after an email was sent out to Trump supporters criticizing CNN after a pipe bomb was sent to their headquarters in New York City.
“The email went out today, unfortunately, was a pre-programmed, automated message that was not caught before the news broke,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “We apologize for this. We in no way condone violence against anyone who works for CNN, or anyone else.”
The automated email, signed by the president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, criticized CNN for their reporting of a Trump rally in Florida.
“I have some breaking news for CNN … That is the real America that exists outside the liberal bubble,” the email reads. “It’s time for us to give the media another wake-up call from the American people. The President needs you to take the Media Accountability survey to do your part in fighting back against the fake news’ attacks and bias against hardworking Americans.”
The president has criticized CNN throughout his campaign and presidency, constantly calling their reporting “fake news.”
President of CNN Jeff Zucker put out a statement about the attempted attack on his company today, criticizing Trump for his rhetoric surrounding his attacks on CNN and other media.
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Zucker said. “The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand that their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”
Democratic leaders agreed with Zucker’s sentiments. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer put out a joint statement not only criticizing Trump for his attacks on the press but for his tolerance of violence as well:
“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 protestors, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people.”
The statement emphasizes that Trump condoned the bombing attempt against CNN and similar attempts against the Clintons and Obamas.