Trump: A ‘big part’ of anger in society comes from ‘purposely false and inaccurate’ reporting

Trump: A ‘big part’ of anger in society comes from ‘purposely false and inaccurate’ reporting
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE said one day after explosive devices were sent to prominent Democrats and CNN that "a big part" of the anger in society today is caused by "purposely false and inaccurate reporting" from mainstream media.

He said in an early morning tweet on Thursday that "fake news" has gotten "so bad and hateful that it is beyond description."

"Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" he wrote.

Trump's also said at a campaign rally late Wednesday that the news media should set a "civil" tone. 

CNN anchor John Berman responded to Trump after reading his tweet on "New Day."

"Let me tell you what the mainstream media has been doing this morning: We've been reporting on a bomb ... sent to either kill, threaten, or scare," he said.

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The network, a frequent target of Trump's rhetoric, reported early Thursday that another device was sent to the office of Robert De Niro, a frequent Trump critic, in New York.

The package sent to CNN on Wednesday included the name of CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan: 'I miss the days when American Presidents ... were respected for their honesty & integrity' CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all Falsehood shames Clapper, Brennan and pledge to protect whistleblowers MORE, who is an MSNBC contributor.

Packages were intercepted before reaching the residences of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Is Michelle Obama the one critic Trump can’t hit back? Democrats huddle for 2020 ‘friend-raisers’ O'Rourke receives invite to visit Iowa from Democratic Party in Des Moines MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters Former Facebook security chief: 'I failed to prepare my employer' on Russian disinformation Rand Paul: Facebook must 'convince conservatives they're not the enemy' MORE.

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During an event to sign an anti-opioid bill into law on Wednesday, Trump condemned "political violence" and urged unity.

But Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFacebook reeling after damning NYT report Schumer warns Trump to stay out of government funding negotiations Schumer predicts Nelson will 'continue being senator' if 'every vote counted' MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem lawmaker: 'There's plenty of competent females' that can be Speaker instead of Pelosi Marcia Fudge under spotlight as Pelosi Speaker fight heats up Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP MORE (Calif.) called out Trump in a statement later Wednesday.

"Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions," the wrote.

"President Trump's words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence."