Dem lawmaker calls for 'lock her up' chants to end

Dem lawmaker calls for 'lock her up' chants to end
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Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyMoulton to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation Delaney pledges sole focus on 'bipartisan proposals' in first 100 days of presidency Democratic dark horses could ride high in 2020 MORE (D-Md.) called for "violent" and "dehumanizing" political rhetoric to end on Wednesday, as suspicious packages, including apparent explosive devices, were sent to various Democratic leaders.

Delaney, who in a statement specifically cited the "lock her up" crowd chants that have been directed at former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report MORE, thanked the Secret Service and law enforcement for preventing any injuries.

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He said that "every American, of every political stripe, should be horrified by today’s news," and called for leaders to be held accountable for how their political rhetoric could contribute to violence.

"Importantly, we must also hold ourselves and everyone else to a higher standard of conduct and rhetoric — the constant dehumanizing attacks on elected officials, candidates, public figures and members of the press must end," he wrote.

"The constant references to violence, chants about locking people up, and harassing in restaurants and public places must end. The language of warfare must end. We have to stop talking about our political opponents and their supporters like they are the enemy, like they are devoid of shared values or like they are 100% wrong about everything they believe."

GOP crowds, particularly those at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE's rallies, have been chanting "lock her up" regarding Clinton since the 2016 campaign, when she was under federal investigation regarding the private email server she used as secretary of State. No charges were brought against the former first lady.

Delaney finished his statement by contextualizing Wednesday's incidents within the larger political moment.

"Today’s events did not happen in a vacuum, they happened as part of an incredibly toxic political environment," he wrote.

"Unless we bring the country together and reaffirm the notion of unity and common purpose, we will live in a world of increased division and discord that will incite troubled and evil people to real and tragic violence.”

The Secret Service announced in a statement Wednesday that it had found “potential explosive devices” in mail directed to both Clinton's and former President Obama’s residences.

The Time Warner building in New York City was evacuated after police responded to a suspicious package mailed to CNN's offices. The package was addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan calls on Congress to end shutdown before negotiating border security: Not 'subservient' to the president Washington’s reflexive opposition to Trump on Syria Brennan hopes GOP abandons Trump in 2019 over 'malfeasance, corruption' MORE, who is a contributor to MSNBC.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzWomen’s March official says group has ‘ignited political imagination of women’ DeGette dropped from chief deputy whip spot Lawmakers call for investigation into Labor Secretary Acosta for sex offender plea deal MORE’s (D-Fla.) office in Florida also received a suspicious package. The package was addressed to former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderHolder: If Trump directed Cohen to lie, impeachment proceedings ‘must begin’ William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump Protecting voices of all voters is critical to free and fair elections MORE, but had her office listed as the return address.

President Trump condemned "acts or threats of political violence” during a press conference later Wednesday, saying that they "have no place in the United States of America.”