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Obama criticizes Trump’s calls for civility over the thwarted bombings

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  • Former President Barack Obama questioned President Donald
    Trump’s calls for civility on Friday, pointing out that Trump has
    repeatedly unleashed rhetorical attacks on the media and his
    political opponents, most of whom are Democrats.
  • Trump earlier this week said it is the news media’s job to
    “set a civil tone.” That declaration followed a bomb scare
    prompted by a man accused of mailing more than a dozen packaged
    explosives to top Democrats and government officials this week.
  • People who Trump has criticized and those who have criticized
    him were the ones the bombing suspect targeted.

Former President Barack Obama questioned President Donald Trump’s
calls for civility on Friday, pointing out that Trump has
repeatedly unleashed rhetorical attacks on the media and his
political opponents, most of whom are Democrats.

“I’m hoping you think it’s wrong to hear people spend years,
months, vilifying people, questioning their patriotism, calling
them enemies of the people — and then suddenly you’re concerned
about civility. Please,” Obama said at a political rally in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Friday, ABC News
reported.

Obama’s comments come as Trump faced criticism for his heated
attacks on the news media and his political opponents, which is
believed to have played a role in motivating the suspected bomber
Cesar Sayoc, Jr.
to send more than a dozen package bombs
to top Democrats and
government officials this week.

Trump claimed on Friday that media coverage of Sayoc was intended
to
“score political points” against him and other Republicans

ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Trump earlier this week said it is the news media’s job to “set a
civil tone.” That declaration followed a bomb scare prompted by a
man accused of mailing more than a dozen packaged explosives to
top Democrats and government officials this week.

“There is much we can do to bring our nation together,” Trump
told his supporters at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on
Wednesday,
NBC News
reported.

Trump continued: “For example, those engaged in the political
arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally
defective. Have to do it. The language of moral condemnation and
destructive routine — these are arguments and disagreements that
have to stop.”

But Obama pointed out Friday that Trump doesn’t exactly practice
what he preaches.

Trump has allowed the “lock her up” chants against Hillary
Clinton to continue at his rallies this week, despite the former
secretary of state having been a target of one of the package
bombs.

Trump previously
called
former CIA Director John Brennan, who was another
target of the would-be bomber, a “loudmouth, partisan, political
hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!”

And Trump has embraced chants of “CNN sucks” at several of his
rallies, stretching back to early aughts of his 2016 election
campaign.

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