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 TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 BrennanDems ask former CIA chief John Brennan for Iran briefing: report Brennan hits Trump for calling Mueller probe a 'coup': These are 'sociopathic ramblings' Brennan: Imagine if we had a president 'who did not have to obstruct justice' MORE, who is an MSNBC contributor.

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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 SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution 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."