×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Trump Bashes Media for ‘Endless Hostility’ at Rally Following CNN Bomb Scare

President Donald Trump, speaking at a Wisconsin rally following the discovery of explosive devices sent to CNN and a number of top Democrats, said those in the political arena “must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.”

But he did not make any acknowledgement of his own political rhetoric, in which he has recently called Democratic rivals “evil,” and instead referred to his own grievances about what has been said about him or of protests to his administration.

“No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains,” he said. “…We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property.” Some of Trump’s most vocal critics have compared him to Adolf Hitler, and members of his administration have been hounded by protesters in D.C. restaurants.

He also said the media plays a role in the overheated rhetoric.

“As part of larger national effort to bridge our divides and bring people together, the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories,” he said.

Trump has attacked the “fake news media” as the “enemy of the American people,” and he and his press team have complained repeatedly about the negative tone of coverage. Last week, he praised a Montana congressman for body-slamming a reporter. He also has retweeted a video in which a wrestler body slams a person with “CNN” superimposed on his head.

Trump started the rally by referring to the discovery of the explosive devices. A suspicious package containing a pipe bomb was discovered in the CNN mailroom in New York and forced the evacuation of the building, while former President Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and billionaire donor George Soros were the intended recipients of other devices. The FBI also confirmed that two similar packages addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) also were found.

“Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself,” Trump said at the rally.

Trump admitted that given the events of the day, he was toning it down a bit.

He told the crowd, “Do you see how nice I’m behaving today? …We’re all behaving very well. And hopefully we can keep it that way. We’re gonna keep it that way.”

During the rally, the crowd briefly started chanting “CNN sucks” at one point. Before Trump arrived, a mention of the name of Hillary Clinton elicited a chant of “Lock Her Up,” words that have carried over from the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump kept up his criticisms of Democrats, and continued to accuse them of favoring a policy of “open borders.”

“The Democrat Party is openly encouraging caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to violate our laws and break into our country,” he said, but the party is not doing that.

At one point, when he was accusing Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) of favoring a “socialist takeover” of healthcare.

“I’m trying to say that very nicely,” he said.

 

More Politics

  • Roger Stone (L), longtime advisor to

    Judge Places Gag Order on Roger Stone Case

    WASHINGTON — A federal judge imposed a gag order on Roger Stone’s legal proceedings that places some limitations on what he, his lawyers, and other parties say about the case. Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, was arrested last month after special counsel Robert Mueller brought charges that he misled the House Intelligence Committee [...]

  • Donald Trump

    Trump Declares National Emergency Because of ‘Invasion’ at Border

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to secure funding to build a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that is certain to provoke a constitutional legal challenge. In a speech at the Rose Garden at the White House, Trump said, “we are talking about an invasion of our country.” [...]

  • Democratic Debates

    NBC-MSNBC-Telemundo and CNN Land First Two Democratic Debates

    WASHINGTON — NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo will air the first Democratic primary debate in June, and CNN will show the second event in July, the Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday. The DNC is planning 12 presidential primary debates over the 2020 cycle, but news networks had been vying for the rights to air the [...]

  • Donald Trump

    Trump to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall, Mitch McConnell Says

    UPDATED WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has indicated that he will sign a spending bill to keep the government open, but also plans to issue an emergency declaration to build a wall or physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday. “I’ve just had an opportunity to speak with [...]

  • William Barr

    Senate Confirms William Barr as Attorney General

    WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed William Barr to be the next attorney general, as his nomination survived Democratic opposition related to concerns over his independence from the Trump White House. He was confirmed by a vote of 54-45. Democrats Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Doug Jones of Alabama and Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content