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Shapiro criticizes conspiracy theories about bomb threats to Dems

Shapiro criticizes conspiracy theories about bomb threats to Dems
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Conservative writer Ben Shapiro slammed the idea that Democrats are behind the improvised explosive devices that were intercepted on their way to prominent progressive political figures. 

"If your first reaction to some evil person sending bombs to a variety of politicians on one side of the aisle is 'FALSE FLAG,' you are officially deranged," Shapiro tweeted.

The Secret Service reported Wednesday that it had intercepted two explosive devices on their way to former President Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE's residences. 

CNN also received an improvised explosive, which was addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOnline and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' The biggest example of media malfeasance in 2020 is... Meet Biden's pick to lead the US intelligence community MORE

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Authorities also intercepted packages addressed to Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderLIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG Census to delay data delivery, jeopardizing redistricting crunch Biden's commission on the judiciary must put justice over politics MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersLawmakers, Martin Luther King III discuss federal responses to systematic racism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds MORE (D-Calif.).

Some conservative pundits have voiced their belief that the devices may have been sent by someone on the left as a political stunt.

Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday on his radio show that it could be a "Democratic operative" who mailed the packages.

"Republicans just don't do this kind of thing," Limbaugh said.

He was joined by a number of others who called the events of Wednesday morning a "false flag," a hoax for political gain.

Republican lawmakers and President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE have condemned the attempted attacks.

“We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning and we will get to the bottom of it,” Trump said, calling the attempted bombings "abhorrent."

"In these times, we have to unify," he said. "We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America."