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 emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't 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 ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE, former Presidents Obama and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMaxwell accuser testifies the British socialite was present when Epstein abuse occurred Epstein pilot testifies Maxwell was 'number two' in operation Federal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersCrypto firm top executives to testify before Congress Powell, Yellen say they underestimated inflation and supply snarls The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back 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 Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan Sanders urges Biden to delay Medicare premium hike linked to Alzheimer's drug MORE (I-Vt.).

"I didn’t blame Bernie Sanders when a Bernie supporter shot Congressman Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse sets up Senate shutdown showdown GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots The Memo: Omicron poses huge threat to Biden presidency 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 BrennanThis Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead In dramatic shift, national intelligence director does not rule out 'extraterrestrial' origins for UFOs Durham's latest indictment: More lines drawn to Clinton's campaign 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."