President Trump doubled down on his rebuke of the media on Thursday morning as the number of bomb threats to liberals jumped to at least nine separate instances.
Echoing comments he made at a rally in Wisconsin, Trump said in a tweet: ‘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!’
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, also refused to lay any of the blame at the president’s feet.
‘The president’s condemned violence in all forms, has done that since day one, will continue to do that, but certainly feel that everyone has a role to play,’ she told DailyMail.com as she briefed the press.
Asked a second time, Sarah Sanders said: ‘There’s a big difference made between comments made and actions taken. The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone – no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice last year.
‘The idea that this is at the hands of the president is absolutely ludicrous,’ she contended.
She walked away from reporters as she was asked repeatedly whether the president had contacted the bomb targets.
Appearing on Fox News immediately prior, the president’s spokeswoman argued that Trump had been a paragon of civility as he addressed the attacks on Wednesday afternoon, hours after the Secret Service announced that his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, and his predecessor, Barack Obama, had been targets.
‘The president I think could not have been more presidential yesterday when he spoke directly to the American people. He condemned this violence,’ she said.
Sanders told ‘Fox & Friends’ in the Thursday morning interview that the party ultimately responsible for the ‘heinous act’ is the person who sent the devices.
‘Let’s not forget that that is ultimately the person that is responsible, and will be held responsible by this administration,’ she said.
As Sanders was walking out to the interview, one of the targets of the pipe bombs, John Brennan, broke his silence. The former CIA director told Trump in a tweet that he should ‘look in the mirror’ instead of blaming the media.
‘Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror. Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act….try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence,’ he said.
Sanders declined to take Brennan to task on Fox. She noted th
at the White House has clashed with Obama-era official whose security clearance the president threatened, however, as she responded to the charged comment.
‘I think we’ve made our opinions on former director Brennan pretty clear over the past several months, certainly don’t support the type of activity that he has engaged in,’ she said. ‘And don’t think it’s becoming of somebody that is a former director of the intelligence agency that he was.’