Scarborough links explosive devices, Khashoggi's death to 'unrelenting hatred' churned up by Trump

Scarborough links explosive devices, Khashoggi's death to 'unrelenting hatred' churned up by Trump
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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough linked President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE's rhetoric and policies to the death of dissident Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi and to explosive devices mailed this week to former President Obama and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE.

"The unrelenting hatred churned up by Donald Trump for the two years following 2016 is dangerous," tweeted Scarborough, a frequent and vocal critic of the administration, on Wednesday. "A Washington Post columnist is dead and progressive icons are targets of bombs."

He also replied to a tweet from Trump's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Jill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans MORE in which she condemned the attacks, asking if she would decry her father too.

The Secret Service reported Wednesday that it had intercepted two "potential explosive devices" that were on their way to the homes of Clinton and Obama.


A third package, which authorities say bears similarities to the first two, was found at CNN's offices in New York Wednesday. It was reportedly addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who has repeatedly clashed with the president and had his security clearance revoked earlier this year.

The president echoed Vice President Pence's condemnation of the attempted attack.

The White House also issued a statement condemning the packages, calling them "despicable" and promising that "anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 where Turkish authorities say he was tortured, murdered and dismembered by Saudi operatives.

The kingdom has dismissed Turkey's narrative, first saying Khashoggi left the consulate the day he vanished, then later announcing that an investigation found he died in a brawl gone wrong. 

The White House announced that it is beginning to punish those it believes were involved in Khashoggi's death Tuesday night, including revoking visas.

However, Trump has been reluctant to rupture diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia, citing the massive weapons deals the country has made with the U.S.