Breaking: Bombs Sent To Soros, Clinton, Obama and CNN

Ken AshfordCrime, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

But the “unruly mobs” are on the left, according to Trump

Soros received a pipe bomb in the mail yesterday.  This morning, it was reported that Clinton and Obama received one too.  Then, about an hour ago, CNN offices in the Time Warner Building of New York (in Columbus Circle) were evacuated because they also received a bomb.

In fact, CNN was discussing the Clinton and Obama bombs when a fire alarm went off there (video below)

All the bombs seem to have the same “signature”, i.e., it looks like they were all made by the same person or persons.  Of course, nobody knows how many other ones are out there, but if I were MSNBC, the NY Times, and Nancy Pelosi (the targets are clearly the targets of the crazed right), I would check my mail closely.

All this is slightly more dangerous than getting yelled at it a restaurant, which the right has been moaning about as “incivility”.

There is a FALSE report that the White House also received a suspicious package.  Or, to be blunt, Republicans are spreading a lie that a bomb was sent to the White House to try and make this a “both sides” issue.

The threat to the left is real. Today is a reminder that when outlets like Breitbart and Fox News dedicate their coverage to demonizing individuals to gin up their readership and when social networks freely allow abuse and harassment, it can have real world implications.

Jim Scuitto and Poppy Harlow were in the middle of co-anchoring CNN Newsroom when an alarm started going off.

“Excuse me, that sounds like a fire alarm here,” Scuitto said on-air at 10:09 a.m. ET.

Scuitto and Harlow left the building.

The DC bureau picked up CNN Newsroom coverage, with CNN crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz still reporting from NY:

So as we were coming on the air just a short time ago with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, who were anchoring from our set in New York, the fire alarms started going off. Our viewers perhaps could see that. Our building in New York has been evacuated because the NYPD is now investigating a suspicious package, something that was sent to the building at 10 Columbus Circle, which is in New York, and the building that houses our offices in New York. 

I’m told by a law enforcement official that the bomb squad is responding to the office to check on this suspicious device. We don’t know if the package was actually addressed to CNN or to someone else in the building, but as a precaution, the building there, the NYPD along with the bomb squad, have said the building should be evacuated. They’re going to respond and investigate the package.

Big updates:

Brennan serves as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, so sending this to CNN is… stupid.  Definitely, a right wing nut.

UPDATES — Hitting local West Coast news outlets:

Trump weighs in by piggybacking off Pence:

And…. is this related?

Not surprisingly, right-wing media figures at supposedly reputable conservative outlets reacted by immediately alleging that Democrats may have sent their own leaders and a prominent donor explosives in order to politically damage Republicans.

On Reddit’s most popular pro-Trump discussion board, top posts alleged that Democrats had orchestrated the attacks on themselves.

Wow.  Even more.

Ah… this makes sense.

… and one less.

The “suspicious package” sent to San Diego Union Tribune (see above) was deemed safe too.


And now Trump weighs in…

Your reminder of Trump rhetoric:

“I’d like to punch him in the face”
“Maybe he should have been roughed up”
“Part of the problem…is no one wants to hurt each other anymore”
“I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will”
“The audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of”

CNN President strikes against Trump:

From FBI Statement:

NEXT DAY UPDATE — More bombs…..