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Sat Oct 27, 2018, 02:02 PM

Can't stop attacking the media over pipe-bombs

By John Cassidy
October 26, 2018

... Trump and his aides were angry that some people in the media had had the temerity to point out the role that he has played in creating a political environment in which alarming incidents, such as the attempted pipe-bomb attacks, were increasingly likely. In a statement on Wednesday, Jeff Zucker, CNN’s president, said that Trump and his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that” ...

... Zucker had merely restated what A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of the Times, told Trump face-to-face during a meeting at the White House this summer: that “his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” and that he needed to face up to this ...

... During the 2016 election campaign, he encouraged attendees at his rallies to beat up protesters. Last July, he tweeted a mocked-up wrestling video of him body-slamming a man with a CNN logo superimposed across his face. Just last week, he praised Greg Gianforte, a Republican congressman who assaulted a reporter, calling him “my guy" ...

On Wednesday, David Gergen, the veteran Republican political commentator, who has worked for four different Presidents, said on CNN, “Donald Trump unleashed the dogs of hatred in this country from the day he declared he was running for President. And they’ve been snarling and barking at each other ever since. It’s just inevitable there are going to be acts of violence that grow out of that” ...

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/why-donald-trump-cant-stop-attacking-the-media-over-the-pipe-bomb-packages

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