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 GrahamKushner saying immigration plan will be 'neutral' on legal admissions: report Africa's women can change a continent: Will Ivanka give them her full support? If you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 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 ClintonDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? MORE, former Presidents Obama and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonPost-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 What Trump voters got right The Memo: Harris move shows shift in politics of gun control MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersSuspect charged for pipe bomb mailings says Trump rallies became like a 'drug' for him On The Money: Treasury misses second Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Waters renews calls for impeachment | Dem wants Fed pick to apologize for calling Ohio cities 'armpits of America' | Stocks reach record high after long recovery Waters: 'We must impeach Putin's president Trump' 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders supporting prisoners being able to vote 'bats**t insane' MORE (I-Vt.).

"I didn’t blame Bernie Sanders when a Bernie supporter shot Congressman Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph Scalise20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform GOP to launch discharge petition on anti-BDS measure This week: Democrats revive net neutrality fight 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 BrennanBrennan: Imagine if we had a president 'who did not have to obstruct justice' How I learned to love the witch hunt 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era 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."