“No nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, coercion or control,” Trump said at a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday night. “Such conduct must be fiercely opposed and firmly prosecuted.”
“We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony,” he added. “We can do it, we can do it, we can do it. It’ll happen.”
Trump then partially blamed the media for the politically charged bomb scare and the country’s divide.
“As part of a larger national effort to bridge our divides and bring people together, 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 added. “They’ve got to stop, bring people together.”
Several suspicious packages apparently containing explosive devices were mailed to prominent Democrats late Tuesday, including Hillary and Bill Clinton and former President Barack Obama, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday.
CNN’s New York headquarters also received a suspicious package, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. The Time Warner Center in Manhattan, where CNN’s offices are located, was evacuated Wednesday after a package containing a pipe bomb and white powder was found in the mailroom around 9 a.m.
Another suspicious package was discovered at the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in Sunrise, Florida, on Wednesday. It was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder but was rerouted to Schultz’s address.
The items in the packages resembled an explosive device sent to billionaire George Soros, a prominent Democratic donor and frequent target of far-right conspiracy theories, earlier this week.
All of the packages delivered this week listed Schultz’s Florida office on the return address label, according to the FBI.
During a Montana rally last week, the president praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte’s 2017 assault of Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs. Trump described Gianforte as a “tough cookie” and “my kind of guy.”
Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault following his attack on Jacobs.
The president failed to acknowledge that or his other attacks on the media and fellow lawmakers, instead calling on others in the political arena to “stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.”
“The language of moral condemnation and destructive routine, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop,” Trump said. “No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains. We should not mob people in public spaces, or destroy public property. There is one way to voice your opinion; it’s called peacefully at the ballot box.”
Nick Visser contributed to this report.