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 ClintonWatergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' Senate Homeland Security chairman requests briefing on Ivanka Trump emails House GOP to hold hearing into DOJ’s probe of Clinton Foundation MORE's residences. 

CNN also received an improvised explosive, which was addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-CIA chief calls on Congress to declassify CIA findings on Khashoggi killing Trump signals Saudis won't face severe punishment for Khashoggi killing Paul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism MORE

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Authorities also intercepted packages addressed to Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder endorses Pelosi for Speaker Poll: Biden and Sanders lead 2020 Dem field, followed by Beto O'Rourke Trump's shortlist for attorney general takes shape MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse Democrat agenda, led by minimum wage, threatens economic prosperity Community banks a bipartisan touchstone for new Congress Dem women rally behind Pelosi 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: WHCA picking non-comedian for headliner a 'good first step' Five takeaways from Mississippi's Senate debate Watergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' 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."