MOSINEE, Wis. – President Trump accused the media and others of being rude after a series of home-made bombs were sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, and others, even though he did not recognize his own riotous rhetoric at a rally on Wednesday night ,
Trump seemed to be behaving in the center of Wisconsin with approximately 4,000 people in his comments to supporters in that city. He was relatively reserved when he spoke, pausing several times to point out that he was "trying to be nice" and taking no responsibility for his own role in the country's civil discourse.
"No nation can be successful, it tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, coercion or control," Trump said as he opened his remarks. "We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony." Moments later, he aimed at one of his favorite destinations, the news media.
"It's also the responsibility of the media to set a civil tone and stop endless hostility and constant negative – and often false – attacks and stories," Trump said.
In a blatant blow to the Democrats, Trump condemned those who "carelessly compare political opponents with historical villains" and "mob people" in public places or destroy public property.
The president, who has often used nicknames such as "Lyin & # 39; Ted" or "Crooked Hillary" to ridicule his rivals, urged those on the political scene to "stop treating their opponents as moral malfunction.
Trump visited the state to defy candidates such as Gov Scott Walker (R) and US Senate-nominated Leah Vukmir, while surveys show that Vukmir wants to depose Senator Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin) while Walker in A close race against Democrat Tony Evers is imprisoned.
Trump's appearance at the rally came a few hours after the authorities intercepted parcels of homemade bombs aimed at Clinton and Obama.A suspicious package was found in CNN's offices in Manhattan Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was found in a mail sorting facility at the Congress, and earlier this week an explosive device was found in the mailbox of the liberal philanthropist George Soros.
In a White Speech House on Wednesday afternoon, Trump condemned the bombs and called for unity.
"We must come together and send a very clear, strong and unmistakable RURAL message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind in the United States have no place, "he said.
Still, some have argued that some of Trump's own history of arson has contributed to the attempted attacks. All five recipients are frequent targets of the president and his allies.
"The White House is completely unaware of the seriousness of its continued attacks on the media," said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, in a statement. "The President and especially the White House Press Officer should understand that their words are important."
Trump won Wisconsin by less than one percentage point in 2016, making it the first Republican to have held the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984. The 7th congressional district where Mosinee sits is an area where he was universally popular: Trump won the district two years ago by 20 percentage points.
Throughout the event, Trump spoke almost listlessly. He touched on his favorite campaign topics such as immigration, taxes and the ratification of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
"Wait until you see what we do with our border over the next few weeks," Trump said about immigration.
He did not specify what would be done and just said, "You will see a very safe border, you see."
At one point, the crowd began to chant, "CNN sucks!", But stopped soon when Trump continued.
At another point, after some in the audience began to scream, Trump did not seem to be trying to encourage them. I'm not going to say what you're shouting, "he said.
And he stopped several times to point out that he was trying to tone down his typically combative rhetoric.
By the way, do you see how nice I behave? "said Trump," we are all doing very well. And hopefully we can keep it that way. "
The rally on Wednesday was the second of four trumps this week, a raging campaign trail speed that the president has maintained since the beginning of the month." On Monday, Trump rushed to Houston to confront his once-bitter main challenger Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) is headlining rallies in Charlotte, NC, and Murphysboro, Ill. On Friday and Saturday.
Wisconsin has seen visits from major names on both sides of the Ganges this week Senator Bernie Sanders I-Vt.) Gathered support for Democrats at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Monday while ex-President Obama will hold a rally in the same city on Friday.
Felicia Sonmez reported from Washington Philip Rucker and David Weigel in Washington contributed to this report.