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 Graham'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party Graham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of troop withdrawal Wall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict 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 ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE, former Presidents Obama and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Polls suggest House Democrats will buck midterm curse and add to their ranks Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict McCarthy to introduce resolution to censure Waters House GOP's McClain responds to Pelosi calling her 'that woman' 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 SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE (I-Vt.).

"I didn’t blame Bernie Sanders when a Bernie supporter shot Congressman Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost Wall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study Scalise: House would 'take action' against Gaetz if DOJ filed charges 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 BrennanOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal Online and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' 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."