Recipients of suspicious packages have been criticized by Trump in the past

www.cbsnews.com | 10/5/2018 | Staff
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Authorities are responding to suspicious packages sent to several Democratic figures, several of which contain crude but functional low-ordnance explosive devices. Aside from party, these politicians share another important distinction: they have been publicly criticized by President Trump.

Democratic donor George Soros was sent an explosive device on Monday; on Wednesday, suspicious packages were sent to former President Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director John Brennan in a package addressed to CNN headquarters in New York City, and Rep. Maxine Waters. A package addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder was delivered to the return address, the Florida office of former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Wasserman Schultz also received a separate package.

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Mr. Trump condemned these threats on Wednesday. He said that the government was conducting a full investigation into the sending of these packages.

"I just want to tell you that in these times we have to unify. We have to come together. And send one very clear strong unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America," he said. "This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans."

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The motive behind the attempted attack remains a mystery. However, the president has often targeted the intended recipients of the packages in rally speeches and on Twitter.

Mr. Trump has been especially critical of Waters in recent months, after Waters suggested at a June rally that protesters harass Trump cabinet members. In a retaliatory tweet, Mr. Trump called her "an extraordinarily low IQ individual." At a rally in West Virginia in September, Mr. Trump called Waters the "de facto leader" of the Democratic Party. He has continued to criticize her in subsequent rallies, lumping her together with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a...
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