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 GrahamTrump shares Graham quote calling Ocasio-Cortez 'anti-America' Graham: Trump should focus on policy, not personal attacks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates 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 ClintonTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton responds to Trump tweets telling Dem lawmakers to 'go back' to their countries The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur: Here's how to choose a president MORE, former Presidents Obama and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMarching toward a debt crisis The tragic cycle of genocide denial has returned: This time, Nigeria John Lithgow releases poem on the downfall of Acosta MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersFed chief basks in bipartisan praise as lawmakers dismiss Trump attacks Hillicon Valley: Trump officials to investigate French tax on tech giants | Fed chair raises concerns about Facebook's crypto project | FCC blocks part of San Francisco law on broadband competition | House members warn of disinformation 'battle' Fed chief: Facebook crypto project poses 'serious concerns' for economy, consumers 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 SandersTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Judd Gregg: Counting the costs of Democrats' desires MORE (I-Vt.).

"I didn’t blame Bernie Sanders when a Bernie supporter shot Congressman Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump Hillicon Valley: Trump rails against 'terrible bias' at White House social media summit | Twitter hit by hour-long outage | Google admits workers listen to smart device recordings Democrats' opposition research got exposed — this time, not by the Russians 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 BrennanA brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats Trump critic Brennan praises his Iran decision: I 'applaud' him Schumer: Trump must get congressional approval before any military action against Iran MORE.

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"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."