Former McCain adviser: Trump has ‘stoked a cold civil war’ in America

Former McCain adviser: Trump has ‘stoked a cold civil war’ in America
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Former McCain adviser Steve Schmidt on Wednesday blamed President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE's rhetoric for the explosives sent to prominent Democrats this week, saying the president has "stoked a cold civil war" in the U.S.

Schmidt's comments come as suspicious packages containing explosives were sent to Democratic figures including the Clintons, the Obamas, mega-donor George Soros, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters: Gang members have 'more integrity' than 'street player' Trump Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case Democrats highlight lack of diversity at major banks in new report MORE (D-Calif.), former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderIf Roger Stone were a narco, he'd be in the clear Trump flexes pardon power with high-profile clemencies They forgot that under Trump, there are two sets of rules MORE and former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-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 Federal prosecutor looking into Brennan's role in Russian interference findings: report MORE, as well as sent to CNN headquarters in New York. 

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Each of these targets have been publicly mocked and antagonized by the president. 

"Trump has stoked a cold civil war in this Country," Schmidt, an MSNBC contributor who has renounced the GOP, wrote on Twitter. "His rallies brim with menace and he has labeled journalists as enemies of the people. That someone would seek to kill their political enemies is not aberrational but rather the inevitable consequence of Trumps incitement." 

Trump on Thursday morning tweeted that "mainstream media" is to blame for the "anger we see today in our society."

"The targets are political, not coincidental," Schmidt wrote. "It looks like someone finally took Trump both literally and seriously."

As of Thursday morning, authorities had intercepted nine packages bearing similar characteristics. The FBI has launched an investigation into who is behind the attacks. 

None of the explosives, described as crude pipe bombs, detonated before authorities found them.

Democrats immediately began to tie the attacks to incendiary GOP rhetoric, which has sometimes positioned the targeted figures as evil or immoral. 

When Trump on Wednesday afternoon called for national unity following the attacks, top Democratic leaders called his message "hollow."

"Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions," Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Clinton calls Trump 'Putin's puppet' amid reports of Russian interference in 2020 election New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight Pelosi blasts Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chief MORE (Calif.) said in a joint statement. "President Trump's words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence." 

Republicans have hit back that both sides are to blame for the country's aggravated political divisions.