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 ClintonTrump vows challenge to Nevada bill expanding mail-in voting Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Juan Williams: The Trump Show grows tired MORE's residences. 

CNN also received an improvised explosive, which was addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanSenate panel scraps confirmation hearing for controversial Pentagon nominee at last minute Brennan memoir slated for October, says Trump blocked him from accessing records Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over MORE

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Authorities also intercepted packages addressed to Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObamas discuss pandemic, voting, anxiety and community in new podcast Joy Reid debut delivers 2.6 million viewers for MSNBC The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Republicans rejigger summer convention plans MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersWaters rips Trump, GOP over mail-in ballots: 'They'll lie, cheat and steal to stay in power' CDC director says he wasn't involved in decision to reroute COVID-19 hospitalization data Overnight Defense: Pompeo pressed on move to pull troops from Germany | Panel abruptly scraps confirmation hearing | Trump meets family of slain soldier 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 John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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."