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 TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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 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.), former Attorney General 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 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, 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 SchumerChuck SchumerSchiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package Meadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package 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.