Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacks CNN while condemning bomb sent to CNN

Sanders has repeatedly refused to acknowledge any role that Trump may have played in stirring up anger

Published October 25, 2018 11:33AM (EDT)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday morning to reassure viewers that the president is concerned about a recent series of bombing attempts and to insist that the president's inflamed rhetoric against his opponents is not responsible for any of it.

"We condemn violence in all forms, and this is a despicable act and certainly something that should never take place in America," Sanders told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday. She added that "certainly the media has a role to play in this process. When 90 percent of the coverage about this president is negative, despite the historic successes; when the ideas of perpetuated and continued of negativity that is not helpful for the American discourse, and certainly the president is calling on everyone to come together, and if you have a problem with one another let's voice that, but let's do so peacefully and let's do that at the ballot box."

Huckabee also insisted that there was no reason for the president to tone down his political rhetoric.

"There is a major political, philosophical difference between Democrats and Republicans and there’s nothing wrong with pointing those differences out," Sanders told "Fox & Friends." "There is something wrong with taking that to a point of violence. That we are looking at, that's taken place over the last 24 hours. The president has condemned that. All of us have. But certainly perfectly acceptable and frankly the president's responsibility to lay out the political differences between Democrats and Republicans as we head into a midterm election."

The bombs, according to Fox News Research, have been sent to former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters, former CIA Director John Brennan, philanthropist George Soros and actor Robert De Niro. The news network CNN and the office of Sen. Kamala Harris has also been targeted with a bomb.

Sanders also got into a heated war of words with Jeff Zucker, the President of CNN.

"There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media. The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that," Zucker said in a statement on Wednesday.

In response Sanders tweeted, "@realDonaldTrump asked Americans 'to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the USA' Yet you chose to attack and divide. America should unite against all political violence."

On Wednesday, Trump himself said that one solution to the increasingly acrimonious tone in American politics is that Americans "must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective," according to CNN. He added, "The language of moral condemnation and destructive, routine — these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He specializes in covering science and history, and is particularly passionate about climate change, animal science, disability rights, plastic pollution and a wide range of political issues. He has interviewed many prominent figures (reflecting his diverse interests) including President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), actress Cady McClain ("All My Children"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin (2002-present), comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2") and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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