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  • President Donald Trump again bemoaned what he perceives
    as unfair treatment from the news media on Monday night, nearly
    a week after the attempted mail-bombings that targeted his
    political critics and Democratic leaders.
  • Trump compared his treatment to that of President
    Barack Obama, following a racially motivated 2015 shooting at a
    predominately black church in Charleston, South Carolina, that
    killed nine parishioners.
  • “They didn’t do that with President Obama with the
    church,” Trump said during a Fox News interview. “The
    horrible situation with the church. They didn’t do that. They
    put my name in the headlines.”

President Donald Trump again bemoaned what he perceives as unfair
treatment from the news media on Monday night, nearly a week
after the attempted mail-bombings that targeted his
political critics and Democratic leaders.

Trump compared his treatment to that of President Barack Obama,
following a racially motivated 2015 shooting at a predominately
black church in Charleston, South Carolina,
that killed nine parishoners
.

“I was in the headline of the Washington Post,” Trump claimed
during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “My name,
associated with this crazy bomber, ‘Trump bomber,’ or something.
But I was in the headline when they got him. They didn’t say
“bomber found.” They talked about ‘Trump’ in the headline.”

The suspected bomber, Cesar Sayoc Jr., was arrested and charged
Friday in connection to over a dozen explosive devices that were
mailed to Trump’s critics. Sayoc also appeared to be an ardent
Trump supporter: in addition to
sending disturbing messages and threats
to his political
opponents on social media, officials reportedly confiscated his
van that was plastered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat imagery.


Critics
allege that Trump’s rhetoric toward his political
opponents and the media incites anger among the public. Trump has
previously called for jailing former secretary of state Hillary
Clinton, an idea that frequently prompts chants of “lock her up”
from supporters at his campaign rallies.

Trump claims there is a difference between his treatment from the
media following the attempted bombings, and the treatment of
Democratic leaders in past acts of violence. Trump referenced the
2017 Capitol Hill shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise by
66-year-old James Hodgkinson, a supporter of Democratic Sen.
Bernie Sanders; and the 2015 Charleston church shooting, in which
21-year-old white-supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine black
parishioners.

“Now, they didn’t do that with Bernie Sanders when he had …
they didn’t do that with the Democrats when other people came
out,” Trump said. “They didn’t do that with President Obama with
the church. The horrible situation with the church. They didn’t
do that.”

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