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Clinton, Obama, CNN bombs planted by Democrats, conservatives say

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Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh talking with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in 2009.
Conservative
talk radio host Rush Limbaugh talking with former Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld in 2009.

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  • Many in the right-wing media promoted a conspiracy that
    Democrats were behind several packages containing explosive
    devices that were sent by mail to top Democrats this week.
  • Prominent conservative voices, including popular talk
    radio host Rush Limbaugh and frequent Fox News guest and
    conservative activist Candace Owens, suggested that “leftists”
    were to blame for the attempted terrorist attacks. 
  • “Republicans just don’t do this kind of thing,” Limbaugh
    said. 

Many in the right-wing media, including prominent voices like
popular talk radio host Rush Limbaugh and frequent Fox News
guest Candace Owens, began Wednesday to promote a conspiracy that
Democrats were behind several packages
containing explosive
 devices that
were sent by mail to top Democrats this week.

Limbaugh suggested on his show on Wednesday — soon after
the devices were sent to former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and former President Barack Obama, as well as CNN’s New
York offices — that the act was committed to fuel support for
Democrats two weeks before the midterm elections. 

“It’s happening in October,” Limbaugh said. “There’s a reason for
this.” 

He added that attempted violent attacks are out of character for
conservatives. 

“Republicans just don’t do this kind of thing,” he
said.

Another prominent mainstream conservative activist and frequent
Fox News guest, Candace Owens, declared
there was a “0% chance”
the bombs were sent by someone with
conservative leanings, instead blaming “leftists” for staging the
attack for political gain.

Michael Flynn Jr., the son of former Trump national security
adviser Michael Flynn who has previously promoted dangerous
conspiracy theories, called the mail bombs “a total false flag
operation” in a series of tweets he later deleted. 

“I condemn all political violence but again the timing is
bullsh#t,” Flynn wrote. 

Others argued that the attempted attacks were designed to
distract from political dissenters on the left — what the right
has characterized as a left-wing “mob.” 

In a tweet that he later deleted, John Cardillo, a
right-wing radio host and former NYPD officer, also suggested
that the attempted attacks were staged by Democrats.

“Just too coincidental that two weeks before Election Day,
as the ‘blue wave’ has turned into a ripple, and the left is
losing ground because of incivility and violent rhetoric,
explosive devices show up in the mailboxes of Soros, Clinton, and
Obama,” 
he tweeted,
according to The Daily Beast

Billionaire philanthropist and Democratic donor George Soros,
former CIA Director John Brennan, and Rep. Maxine Waters, a
California Democrat, were also recipients of the packages. All of
those targeted are critics of the president whom Trump has in
turn attacked relentlessly. 

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