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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 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 BrennanFederal prosecutor looking into Brennan's role in Russian interference findings: report FISA court's rebuke of the FBI: It broke or ignored the rules and our rights Where was American counterintelligence? MORE, who is an MSNBC contributor.

Packages were intercepted before reaching the residences of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCollins walks impeachment tightrope Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party Hill.TV's Krystal Ball knocks Clinton's 'mean girl' comments against Sanders MORE.

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersGearing up for a chaotic year on K Street Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war' Green says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely MORE (D-Calif.) and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEnd impeachment's government shutdown Parties to wage census battle with outside groups Welcome to third-world democracy and impeachment MORE were also targeted, although Holder's was sent back to the listed return address, the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzUS officials, world leaders arrive in Israel for World Holocaust Forum  Appropriators fume over reports of Trump plan to reprogram .2 billion for wall American Cancer Society says Trump doesn't get credit for drop in cancer deaths MORE (D-Fla.).

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 SchumerCollins walks impeachment tightrope 'Emotion' from Trump's legal team wins presidential plaudits Biden says he would not engage in witness swap in impeachment trial MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSekulow indicates White House not interested in motion to dismiss impeachment articles Overnight Health Care: Trump restores funding for Texas program that bars Planned Parenthood | Trump to attend March for Life | PhRMA spent record on 2019 lobbying Key House committee chairman to meet with Mnuchin on infrastructure next week 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."