Trump blames 'Fake News' for country's anger: 'The true Enemy of the People'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE on Monday blamed what he deems unfair media coverage for causing "great anger" in the country in the wake of a violent week that saw a spate of mail bombs and a shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

The president said in a pair of tweets that the "Fake News Media" is "the true Enemy of the People," reviving a derisive term for the press less than a week after an explosive device was mailed to CNN's New York City offices.

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"There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly," Trump wrote on Twitter.

"That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony," he added.

CNN said another suspicious package had been intercepted in Atlanta on Monday morning. Police arrested a suspect in the package bombings, which also targeted a number of prominent Democrats, on Friday.

The tweets criticizing the media were among several punchy messages Trump sent on Monday. 

Trump called Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum a "thief" in another tweet, and in a fourth message he said a caravan of immigrants headed through Mexico to the U.S. border represented "an invasion" of the country.

Gillum is running in a tight contest against a Trump favorite, former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida first lady to miss Women for Trump event due to planned execution Florida governor orders criminal investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein case Groups ask court to block ex-felon voting law in Florida MORE, in Florida's governor contest. Trump is headed to Florida on Wednesday to hold a rally in the state.

Race has been a part of the heated contest between DeSantis and Gillum, who is black. Gillum has been drawn into a corruption investigation related to his administration, and has come under scrutiny after records showed he accepted a ticket to the musical "Hamilton" from an undercover FBI agent who he believed was a local developer.

The president does not have a crowded public schedule on Monday, which often leads to him tweeting throughout the day against his favorite targets. 

Trump often derides negative coverage of his administration as "fake news" and has escalated his attacks in recent months, describing the media as the "enemy of the people." Earlier this month, he praised Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 House GOP fears retirement wave will lead to tsunami Trump declares Gorka 'wins big' after clash with reporters in Rose Garden MORE (R-Mont.) for body-slamming a reporter last year.

The president has repeatedly lashed out at the media and his critics in recent days, undercutting his own calls for unity following the shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue and the package bombings.

Authorities on Friday charged Cesar Sayoc Jr. with addressing more than a dozen explosive devices to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocratic governors fizzle in presidential race Obamas reportedly buying Martha's Vineyard mansion Trump has 62 percent disapproval rating in new AP poll MORE, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic president' MORE, Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersNadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision Bank watchdogs approve rule to loosen ban on risky Wall Street trades F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever MORE (D-Calif.), among others. Each intended target has spoken out against the president, and Trump has criticized each person.

The next day, Robert Gregory Bowers was arrested after police said he opened fire in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people and wounding six.

Trump condemned both attacks and has vowed that he will not allow political violence to take root in the country.

Democrats and the president's critics have suggested that the president's rhetoric has further inflamed the country's divisions, pointing to his attacks on the Democratic Party as an "angry mob" and the chants of "CNN sucks" and "lock her up" that mark his campaign rallies, referring to Hillary Clinton.

The tweets on Monday led Democrats and other critics of Trump to double down on their criticism.

Trump told reporters before departing for a rally last Friday that he felt he had been restrained in his rhetoric, rejecting calls to tone it down amid the bomb scares.

"I could really tone it up because, as you know, the media's been extremely unfair to me and to the Republican Party," Trump said.