Of course. Donald Trump blamed the media and others for incivility after crude bombs were mailed yesterday to multiple targets of his ire, including CNN, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Maxine Waters
At a political rally in Wisconsin, he said after a bow to unity:
The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative — and oftentimes, false — attacks and stories,” Trump said.
In an apparent swipe at Democrats, Trump denounced those who “carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains” and who “mob people in public places or destroy public property.
The crowd at one point chanted “CNN sucks.” It also voiced the familiar “Lock her up” chant about Hillary Clinton.
And, in case you missed the point, he followed up Thursday morning.
A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018
This response came from CNN:
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, said in a statement. “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter.”
His press aide, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, responded on Twitter:
President Trump] asked Americans ‘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 USA’ Yet you chose to attack and divide. America should unite against all political violence.”
Donald Trump, peacemaker.
What I saw in WI tonight was a cynical political arsonist blaming his targets for the fire.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) October 25, 2018