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As Trump continues attack on CNN, network receives another ‘suspicious package’

"Anyone who has in any way publicly been a critic of President Trump needs to be on an extra alert and take some precautions."

CREDIT: SCREENGRAB
CREDIT: SCREENGRAB

Hours after President Trump posted a tweet at 3:14 a.m. on Friday lambasting CNN, the network was targeted by another “suspicious package.”

NBC reports that the package — which was sent to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper but addressed to the network where he serves as a contributor — is believed to be a bomb.

The Clapper package marks the second time this week that CNN has received an explosive device in the mail. It was discovered on Friday shortly after another “suspected package bomb” addressed to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was found at a mail center in Florida. In total, 12 bombs have been sent to critics of the president this week.

But instead of trying to tamp down his rhetoric, Trump — who just last week encouraged violence against reporters, and whose administration has been soft-peddling the killing of a Washington Post columnist who was apparently murdered by his administration’s Saudi allies — posted an early morning (or late night) tweet blasting CNN for going “wild,” and “screaming” when he attacks the network.

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“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!'” Trump wrote.

Hours after the first package bombs were discovered on Wednesday, Trump read a statement in which he called on Americans to “unify and send a clear message that acts of political violence have no place in the United States.” But since then, Trump has pivoted to blaming the media for purportedly creating an atmosphere in which people feel compelled to mail bombs to prominent critics of the administration.

On Thursday morning, Trump posted a tweet in which he wrote that “A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”

During an interview on CNN in the immediate aftermath of the discovery of a bomb with his name on it, Clapper characterized the incidents as “domestic terrorism” and urged “anyone who has in any way been a critic” of Trump “to be on an extra alert and take some precautions, particularly with respect to mail.”

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On the topic of Trump’s response to the mail bombs, Clapper said, “This is purely a fantasy because he’s already made it clear that he’s not going to do this… but I do think he bears some responsibility for the coarseness and incivility of dialogue in this country.”

In a statement issued on Wednesday, CNN president Jeff Zucker explicitly blamed Trump for inciting violence.

“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” said Zucker. “The President, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

Meanwhile, White House has been pushing a false equivalency between Bernie Sanders having some deranged fans and what Trump continues to do to incite violence against his perceived foes in politics and the media.