Graham: I'm not going to blame Trump for 'nut job' who sent bombs to Dems

Graham: I'm not going to blame Trump for 'nut job' who sent bombs to Dems
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham neck and neck with challenger in South Carolina Senate race: poll Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE shouldn't be blamed for the "nut job" who sent explosive devices to prominent Democrats like former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAppeals court pauses 6-day extension for counting Wisconsin absentee ballots Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Sunday Shows: Trump's court pick dominates MORE, former Presidents Obama and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonIs Congress reasserting itself? Trump-Biden debate: High risk vs. low expectations The role (un)happiness plays in how people vote MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersPowell, Mnuchin stress limits of current emergency lending programs Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Omar invokes father's death from coronavirus in reaction to Woodward book MORE (Calif.).

In a pair of tweets, the senator compared the devices and suspicious packages to last year's shooting at a Congressional Baseball Game practice attended by GOP lawmakers. That shooting was carried out by a former presidential campaign volunteer for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose The role (un)happiness plays in how people vote MORE (I-Vt.).

"I didn’t blame Bernie Sanders when a Bernie supporter shot Congressman Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGinsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol House GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections MORE. And I’m not going to blame President @realDonaldTrump for this nut job," Graham wrote. "I blame the individual(s) responsible — not someone else."

Graham's comments come after the CNN President Jeff Zucker called on Trump to take responsibility for his rhetoric against Democrats and the mainstream media following an evacuation at CNN's broadcast building in New York due to an explosive and suspicious powder in a package addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanJournalism or partisanship? The media's mistakes of 2016 continue in 2020 Comey on Clinton tweet: 'I regret only being involved in the 2016 election' Ex-CIA Director Brennan questioned for 8 hours in Durham review of Russia probe MORE.


"The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter," Zucker said in a statement. "Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that."

Brennan also appeared to blame Trump's rhetoric for the attempted attacks, saying he hopes the event is a "turning point" for the president.

"Unfortunately, I think Donald Trump has not helped to encourage the type of civil discourse and public engagement," Brennan told an audience at the University of Texas at Austin. "And his rhetoric — too frequently, I think — fuels these feelings and sentiments that now are bleeding over into potentially acts of violence."

Trump denounced the bombing attempts Wednesday night at a campaign rally in Wisconsin and called for national unity.

"We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it," the president said.

"I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify," he added. "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."