Flake, CNN Boss Zucker Slam Trump’s Rhetoric After Bombs Discovered

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and the president of CNN criticized President Donald Trump for his harsh rhetoric toward Democrats and the media in the wake of multiple bombs sent to current and former Democratic government officials.

“Words matter, particularly when they’re spoken by those at the top of government,” Flake told CNN during a visit to New York City. An explosive device addressed to former CIA director John Brennan was sent to the CNN bureau there. Other devices were sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

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“What the president says matters, and if he were to take a more civil tone, it would make a difference. It would help. And so I hope that he does,” Flake added.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker was even more direct.

“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Zucker said. “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

A bomb was also discovered Monday in a mailbox outside the home of billionaire Democratic donor George Soros in New York.

Flake told CNN that Trump should not label the news media as “the enemy of the people” because that can lead to incidents such as what’s occurring.

“Civility can’t wait until after an election. The president shouldn’t refer to the press as the enemy of the people. We all need to watch the rhetoric that we use. It makes a difference,” Flake said. “People hear that and they follow it.”

Trump often criticizes CNN for reporting what he calls fake news. Reporters and anchors at the network have pushed back and have vowed to continue doing their job despite the verbal assault.

On Wednesday after the bomb was discovered at CNN, the building was evacuated and the network was forced to broadcast from another studio. As of Wednesday afternoon, reporters from that network and others were still reporting outside the building.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was on the air just after 3:30 p.m. and said the building was reopened.

“Any intention to scare us out of the norm has failed, as did the devices that were sent around,” Cuomo said.

In an apparent unrelated case, Flake told The Arizona Republic that there was suspicious activity against him over the weekend but declined to provide details. He said it did not seem tied to the bombs.

via www.newsmax.com

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7 comments

  1. Why try to blame this on the President’s identification of some MSM outlets for their “FAKE NEWS” ? No media outlet was targeted. The only reason CNN got a package is because he was directed to Brennan and he is employed there. No package was mailed to any news organization or journalist. So, blaming the President’s “FAKE NEWS” accusation is really not related to this.
    Time for a different theory. It may be related to commentary made by these individuals against the President because they all have and some have been pretty nasty. But if that is the case, there are many more outspoken critics that so far have not been targeted. I will not list here, I do not want to be of any assistance if this is really the case.
    No matter who it is, no matter what their reason, I call on every American, heck, I call on every human being in this great country to disavow any support, tolerance or empathy for this heinous perpetrator or groups objective. This above all else is un-American !

  2. Coming from Flake the Snake that is funny. Who has been making all the threats and trying to put a spanner in the works of the President, we all know who. So don’t be self righteous when it comes to what the demorats will do. I doubt anyone when they are winning would want to mess things up. Very suspect about this week and the libs army heading to the border. They tried with judge Kavanaugh and that failed so now they’ve tried a double whammy, illegals and dud bombs. If this wasn’t so funny it would be a pathetic attempt to make it look like the Republicans are at fault. Vote on the 6th and show you’re a true patriot.

    1. Ronnie~I AGREE 1000%! Flake’s name says it all , and for a “wolf in a sheep’s clothing”, why is he throwing away the millions of $’s he’s made ripping us off unless he’s going to be named on a long list
      of PEDOPHILES and going to GUANTANAMO?

    2. WHERE WERE THESE COUNTERFEITERS when Maxine Waters was inciting violence against Republicans???
      Urging her disciples to attack Republicans in Restaurants when they were dining with their children!
      Eric Holder is suggesting you kick Republicans .
      Slick Willie’s Wench denounces civility for Republicans!

      THERE ARE CRAZED PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES!!!!!!

  3. This article is ridiculous. President Trump is being criticized for his harsh rhetoric toward Democrats and the media. Hold on. He been attacked ever since he became president. He’s telling it as it is. Flake says “Words matter, particularly when they’re spoken by those at the top of government”. Wow, I suppose what Waters and other lunatic democrats say is perfectly fine. Flake told CNN that Trump should not label the news media as “the enemy of the people” because that can lead to incidents such as what’s occurring. But the leftist news media have repeatedly shown to be just that. What about Water’s directions to attack republicans where ever you see them? Trump hasn’t done any of that. Where do the riots get their instructions from? Certainly not from Trump.

  4. Like many have said if the President walked on water it would be because he doesn’t know how to swim or if he came up with a cure for cancer the democrats would say look how many doctors he is going to put out of business. He is a Republican and can do no right. If these idiots would just look in the mirror for just a second they might realize that if they would take 2 days off of slamming the President things might turn around. However they can’t because The President if draining the swamp they live in and that is the only place they can survive. I, like the President hope they find the idiot that has created this mess and put they away for a long time. No media has even suggested that ISIS or gang related people might be behind this. HELLO I think that is what will be found and then again the liberal media can still somehow blame DONALD and his group. After all, if obama were still the president we would have this because they (the bad guys) would then be in full control of our (their) country….. The new democrat party shall be named the ISIS revolutionists…

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