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 ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE's residences. 

CNN also received an improvised explosive, which was addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFormer intelligence chiefs slam Trump for removing officials Ex-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community DOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT MORE

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Authorities also intercepted packages addressed to Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search Big stimulus packages required, but they risk political blowback MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms Democrats, Trump set to battle over implementing T relief bill Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' 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 TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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."