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opinion | Casting blame for the pipe bombs sent to Trump critics



To the editor:

Re "First call for unity, then more digs in the news media and the Democrats" (News article, October 25):

President Trump appeared at his political rally The Day where pipe bombs were sent to some of his critics. Obviously, he was encouraged to be president and reassure the country that our leader was sensitive, aware, and took a responsible stance for all our benefits.

So he publicly made fun of his pretension to a more presidential attitude at the rally. He actually reassured his base that he remains the vulgar who constantly incites our worst instincts. This is so sad for us all in such a dangerous time in our country.

Helene Torker
New York

To the editor:

The recent high-level bombardments Democrats are a massive dark cloud, but two pieces of silver lining come to mind immediately , First let us be grateful that the goals were not high-profile Republicans. If the shoe were on the other foot, the whole country would now be under martial law.

Second, these revolts may favor a slightly higher turnout by Democrats in November. Would not it be wonderful if the adults in the room remind us that ballots are better than bombs?

Robert A. Jaeger
Guilford, Conn.

To the Editor:

When a starving man fired into Republican Congressman in baseball training last year, there were a few people floating around on Facebook and saying they deserved what they got, but the shootout was flatly condemned by all other left-wing officials.

Conversely, if someone sends Pipe Bombs to leading Democrats, large parts of the right-wing media they rise up and deny any responsibility for any role they might have, and their comments either say that the targets are those bombs for criticizing the Earn government or that the democrats have sent the bombs.

I'm not afraid of the bombs; They were badly executed and executed, and the person who sent them is not a criminal genius. But it is more disturbing how many prominent voices on the right side reject the responsibility to instigate violence against the left (#LockHerUp) and claim instead that this is a false flag operation. All this is further proof that these people should not have nearly the power we allow them to do.

D. Aaron McIlhenny
Brooklyn

To the Editor:

Re "Rhetoric, Mobs and Terror" (Column, nytimes.com, Oct. 24):

Charles M. Blows Insisting That President Trump's rhetoric could be the cause of the recent bombings was disturbing. Not only would I attribute this kind of influence to Mr. Trump, I would also suggest that the rhetoric Mr. Blow uses in his criticism is as poisonous as he paints Mr. Trump.

Just last year we have seen a similar demonstration of violence with political motives, and unfortunately the Republican Republican Steve Scalise was hospitalized for this. Some sources on the right pointed to the influence of Senator Bernie Sanders. The choice to blame the Democrats or Mr. Sanders was as absurd as the decision to blame Mr. Trump for the pipe bombs.

At these moments, Americans can unite independently of party, race or religion and collectively resist actions that do not represent American standards. The decision to politicize violence will lead more quickly to the unbundling of a society than any political ideology.

Phillip Todd
Arlington, Va.


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