Evil Republican Terrorists Send Bombs To Prominent Democrats! Some media accounts aren’t far from this headline. The story, as it is known as this article is written, is confused, at best. Legal Insurrection reports:
The US Secret Service intercepted packages sent to the homes of the Clintons in New York and President Barack Obama in Washington that contain ‘possible explosive devices.’ The Clintons and Obama didn’t receive the packages ‘because of screening procedures.’
CNN then reported the NYPD has responded to a suspicious package outside at Time Warner Center in New York, the home of the network. Law enforcement also intercepted a package meant for the White House at Joint Base Bolling in DC, but now reports say ‘that there was no suspicious package addressed to the White House.
New York Governor, the excitable, execrable Andrew Cuomo, claimed a suspicious package had been sent to him, but it was soon discovered it contained computer files on an obscure white supremacist group. Even so, Cuomo called out innumerable police to watch tunnels and bridges, apparently to prevent similar deliveries?
Additional information is added by Fox News:
The FBI said Wednesday evening that it had identified five suspicious packages addressed to prominent liberal and Democratic political figures over the previous three days that contained ‘potentially destructive devices.’
The bureau said the packages were similar in appearance and all of them bore the return address of an office for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. The packages were addressed to billionaire George Soros, Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan — care of CNN — and former Attorney General Eric Holder. The FBI said it was possible that additional packages were mailed to other locations.
Law enforcement officials involved in the investigation have told Fox News that the similarity between the packages has led them to believe that a single individual or group could be responsible.
You don’t say. The Brennan package was sent to CNN in New York. Brennan is a commentator at CNN, but apparently has no office or presence there. Let’s return to Legal Insurrection:
The Secret Service released this statement:
Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC.
The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.’ [skip]
During a press conference, New York Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said the package sent to CNN ‘appeared to be a live explosive device’ and an envelope with ‘white powder was also discovered as part of the original packaging.’ [skip]
George Soros received his package on Tuesday and law enforcement said they believe it ‘was left there by someone and was not delivered by the Postal Service.’ They explained that the package contained a device ‘constructed from a length of pipe about six inches long filled with explosive powder, and it was ‘proactively detonated’ by bomb squad technicians.
When Democrats openly and unmistakably advocate violence, their fellows do not, as a rule, condemn it. When a leftist tries to murder Republican Congressmen, Democrats and their media propaganda arm do their best to flush it down the memory hole. How do Republicans respond to this, and violence in general?
Trump addressed the attempted attacks this afternoon. He said:
I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify,’ Trump said at an unrelated opioid bill signing event at the White House. ‘We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that threats or acts of political violence have no place in the United States of America.’
‘It’s a very bipartisan statement,’ he added. ‘This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans.’
‘The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation,’ Trump said. ‘We will spare no resources or expense in this effort.’ [skip]
‘We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it,’ Trump said.
Oh. But he and Trump were just kidding. They don’t really mean it. I mean, everyone knows Republicans are responsible, and Trump was probably behind it, right?
Oh. That seems pretty clear. I’m sure the Democrat leadership was delighted to reach halfway across the aisle and embrace Mr. Trump’s call for national unity? From Fox:
But House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized Trump in a joint statement, saying the president’s words ‘ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.
‘Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions,’ Pelosi and Schumer added, referencing Trump ‘expressing support for the Congressman [Greg Gianforte] who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protestors, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people.
Yeah! What about that “enemy of the people” stuff?! Andrew McCarthy at National Review writes that the media’s response to this situation is virtually the definition of Fake News:
Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, Mr. Soros and CNN have all figured prominently in conservative political attacks — many of which have been led by President Trump. He has often referred to major news organizations as ‘the enemy of the people,’ and has had a particular animus for CNN.
The report goes on to say that the CNN bomb package was addressed to former Obama CIA director John Brennan (who is actually a commentator at MSNBC, not CNN). The Times then adds, gratuitously, that Brennan ‘is a harsh critic of Mr. Trump,’ who revoked Brennan’s security clearance ‘in what was seen as an act of retribution.
As with all such situations, we know relatively little at the moment. One can be reasonably certain that much of what has been reported will turn out to be wrong. What we don’t know is, as one might expect, far more than what we do know.
We Don’t Know:
1) Who was responsible.
2) Whether any of the supposed “explosive devices” were actually explosive devices. The only hint of this was the supposed Soros device, which may have contained an “explosive powder,” and was “proactively detonated.” Bomb technicians will usually safely blow up suspicious devices whether they are actual bombs or not. We just don’t know anything about any of these possible bombs.
3) We have no idea what the “white powder” might have been.
4) We don’t know what, if any connection, these incident have.
We Do Know:
1) The only party whose adherents have substantial experience with bombs and political violence in general is the Democrat Party, and other affiliated and unaffiliated Leftist organizations and individuals.
2) The timing is, to put it mildly, suspicious.
3) President Trump’s supposed invocations to violence were arguably jokes. Pelosi’s assertions are at best, hyperbole. Congressional Democrats and their supporters, on the other hand, do not joke when they advocate violence.
4) Democrats have been smarting over their inability to point to any actual Republican violence.
5) There would be no possible benefit to Republicans from pulling such a stunt, particularly this close to the mid-terms, which Democrats are very much in danger of losing–big. This does not mean that people with some Republican connection might not be responsible. It just means that seems unlikely.
6) The only political benefit to be derived from this would accrue to Democrats, who are increasingly desperate to do anything to reverse Republican mid-term political momentum.
7) Political threat/hoaxes of all kinds in recent years have been found, almost exclusively, the work of Democrats trying to support unsupportable narratives. They claim racism on campus, but there is none to be found, so they manufacture it. They claim a rape epidemic on campus, but they can’t find sufficient numbers of real rapes, so they manufacture some. False reports for what they think a good cause are their stock-in-trade.
We truly have no idea who is behind this. One need not suggest a conspiracy from the top of Democrat ranks, though the timing is absolutely suspicious. It appears no one was ever in actual danger, particularly those protected by the Secret Service which is, of course, a good thing.
There are perhaps three primary lessons we might learn at this point:
1) Republicans tend not to advocate violence, and when it occurs, they are quick to clearly condemn it, just as Mr. Trump and innumerable other high-ranking Republicans have done in this case.
2) Democrats apparently take perverse pleasure in advocating violence against Republicans–there are innumerable examples–and their compatriots do not condemn them, nor do they tend to condemn terrorism against Republicans and other violent acts when they occur.
3) Any competent investigator will seek to discover “cui bono”–who benefits. In this case, the only possible beneficiaries would be Democrats, who are desperate for anything they can use against Republicans.
I doubt anyone has any question where I stand on such things, but just in case, there is no excuse for unprovoked violence. None. Lawful self-defense is, of course, another matter. Politically motivated violence is particularly vile and damaging to our republic. Again, we have no idea who is responsible. Asking “cut bono,” however, is always a necessary first step to determining responsibility. In this case, the answer is obvious.
UPDATE, 10-24-18, 2115 CST: CNN head Jeff Zucker blames President Trump:
Sorry Mr. Zucker. Criticism of media lies is not a danger to the media or to Democracy. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it. The only lack of understanding is at CNN HQ.