According to DAILY MAIL – On Tuesday and Wednesday, pipe bombs were discovered in mail directed toward top Democratic figures ranging from former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to former president Barack Obama, from Eric Holder to George Soros. Media outlets including CNN and The San Diego Union Tribune were also targeted.
This, obviously, is evil. Politically-motivated violence is the definition of terrorism, and this certainly fits the definition.
Yet the parallel responses of some on the Left and Right has been wildly disheartening, to say the least.
The proper response to political violence isn’t to blame those who aren’t responsible for political violence — Bernie Sanders wasn’t responsible for the Congressional baseball shootings despite his anti-Republican rhetoric, nor was Barack Obama responsible for the targeting of Dallas police officers despite his critiques of supposedly systemic police racism.
Yet some on the Left blamed President Trump and Republicans more broadly for the bombing attempts.