With two more suspicious packages intercepted that were addressed to high-profile Democrats and Trump critics, President Donald Trump decided to weigh in on Twitter. And, unlike his comments read from a teleprompter two days ago calling the bomb scare a serious matter, Trump suggested that this was all a hoax.
Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
“Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this ‘Bomb’ stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics,” he wrote this morning. “Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”
The president’s declaration that the twelve pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and progressives — including two ex-presidents — are a false flag comes after right-wing media has amplified conspiracy theories surrounding the bomb threats.
Fox News, which the president watches religiously, has been a hotbed for the conspiratorial speculation. At least for Fox News ‘expert’ guests have brought up the possibility that the bombs were sent by someone sympathetic to Democrats hoping to rally voters ahead of the midterm elections. On Trump’s favorite morning program Fox & Friends today, former New York Police Department Detective Vince Guastamacchia said it was likely this was “a left-wing type of operation to create hysteria and to play on the hearts and minds of those who would be independents of undecideds come the midterm.”
And it isn’t just Fox guests saying this. Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera and Fox Business host Lou Dobbs have also pushed the notion that the bomb scare is nothing but a hoax to make the president look bad.