Trump Jr. slams CNN's Acosta over 'rhetoric' following attempted bomb attacks
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Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpSouth Dakota governor flew with Trump on Air Force One after being exposed to coronavirus: report Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump Jr. knocks CNN's Chris Cuomo over interview with father: 'I'm not pretending to be a journalist' MORE on Thursday criticized CNN's Jim Acosta over the rhetoric used by the news outlet's reporters concerning the Trump family after CNN and several prominent Democrats were sent explosive devices in the mail.

In a tweet, the president's eldest son told Acosta about his family's experiences with suspicious envelopes containing white powder, which he says included a letter opened by his wife.

"Jim, did you or your colleagues take any responsibility for your rhetoric in constantly calling my family Racists and Nazis for 2 years when my wife actually opened an exploding envelope of white powder intended for me?" Trump Jr. asked. "What about when it happened to my brother?"

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE condemned the attempted bomb attacks Wednesday night at a campaign rally, calling on Americans to stop viewing their political opponents as enemies and suggesting that rhetoric on both sides of the political aisle is to blame.


"Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective," Trump told the audience. "The language of moral condemnation and destructive routines, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop."

A 24-year-old man was charged in May with sending an envelope filled with white powder to Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa's home in New York. The letter contained a note calling Trump Jr. an "awful, awful person."

In early August, Trump Jr.'s brother, Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech Lara Trump: Twitter no longer 'a platform for free speech' MOREsaid most members of his family had been sent similar letters.

"I've been threatened," he told Fox host Sean Hannity. "Our family's been threatened. All of us. We've all had white powder show up at our house."

The explosive devices sent this week to high-profile Democrats did not result in any deaths or injuries.