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Trump accuses media of trying to score political points on bomb scare

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Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Bojangles’
Coliseum, October 26, 2018, in Charlotte, North
Carolina.

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  • President Donald Trump accused the media of bias and
    alleged that its coverage of the recent explosive packages was
    a way to “score political points” against him and the
    Republican Party.
  • Trump claimed that “the media’s constant unfair
    coverage, deep hostility, and negative attacks” was used to
    “undermine healthy debate.”
  • “For example, we have seen an effort by the media in
    recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to
    score political points against me and the Republican Party,”
    Trump said.

President Donald Trump denounced the series of improvised
explosive devices that were sent to high profile Democratic
leaders this week, but accused the media for using the incident
to “score political points” against him and the Republican Party.

“In recent days, we’ve had a broader conversation about the tone
and civility of our national dialogue,” Trump said at a campaign
rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday. “Everyone will
benefit if we can end the politics of personal destruction.”

“The media has a major role to play whether they want to or not,”
Trump said. “And they do indeed. They have a major role to play
as far as tone and as far as everything.”

Trump claimed that “the media’s constant unfair coverage, deep
hostility, and negative attacks” was used to “undermine healthy
debate.”

“For example, we have seen an effort by the media in recent hours
to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political
points against me and the Republican Party,” Trump said.


cesar sayoc
A photo of suspect Cesar
Soyac.

Broward
County


Trump referenced the arrest of 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr., who
is suspected of being connected to at least 13 mail bombs that
were sent to the residences of Bill and Hillary Clinton, former
President Barack Obama, the offices of Democratic Reps. Debbie
Wasserman Schultz and Maxine Waters, and others.

Sayoc is believed to have been an ardent supporter of the Trump
administration and was seen attending Trump’s campaign rallies in
2017. His suspected social media accounts also appeared to send
threatening messages to Trump’s critics.

In his speech, Trump compared the media’s coverage of the
attempted bombing to his administration’s response after the
shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise during a congressional
baseball practice in 2017. Scalise was shot and injured by
political activist and Trump critic James Hodgkinson, who died
from his injuries after a shootout with law enforcement
officials.

“Yet, when that Bernie Sanders supporter tried to murder
congressional Republicans and severly wounded a great man named
Steve Scalise and others, we did not use that heinous attempt at
mass murder for political gain because that would have been
wrong,” Trump said. “It would have been the wrong thing to do.”

“The media has tried to attack the incredible Americans who
support our movement to give power back to the people,” Trump
added. “It’s what our movement is. Our supporters are some of the
most honest, wonderful, like you, principled, hardworking,
patriotic people on the face of God’s earth.”

Despite his claims, Trump’s critics have long alleged that his
rhetoric in public statements and on Twitter instigated political
unrest. Critics have pointed to Trump’s numerous campaign
rallies, where the president describes his political opponents as
“crazy” and other derogatory terms, as an accelerant to political
violence.

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