President Donald Trump pointed a finger at the media Thursday in the wake of a spate of pipe bombs mailed to numerous high-profile Democrats and Trump foes, accusing news outlets for the rampant anger behind such acts.
The devices were sent to Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, California Rep. Maxine Waters, actor and frequent Trump critic Robert De Niro and others. Authorities have not yet identified who is responsible.
While Trump failed to mention if the negative rhetoric he has spewed throughout his presidency has contributed to the political climate, he calling for the media to set a civil tone and stop the hostility.
“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,” Trump tweeted early Thursday. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”
Trump also said in a speech Wednesday night in Wisconsin that the country must come together in “peace and harmony” and that politicians “must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.”