Dem senator: Both parties must discourage 'aggressive advocacy'

Dem senator: Both parties must discourage 'aggressive advocacy'
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Delaware Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsHillicon Valley: Facebook reeling after NYT report | Dems want DOJ probe | HQ2 brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Judge upholds Russian troll farm indictments | Cyber moonshot panel unveils recommendations Senators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill Dems press Justice Department to probe Facebook over political attacks MORE (D) took aim at members of his own party as well as Republicans when asked which groups deserve blame for America's current political climate.

Coons told CBS's "Face the Nation" that both parties should reexamine their rhetoric following the attempted bombings of several prominent Democrats as well as the mass shooting Saturday inside a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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The Delaware senator pointed to Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse Democrat agenda, led by minimum wage, threatens economic prosperity Community banks a bipartisan touchstone for new Congress Dem women rally behind Pelosi MORE (D-Calif.) and her call for protesters to confront members of the Trump administration over policies such as the administration's controversial migrant family separation plan.

"Look, when Congresswoman Maxine Waters encourage folks, protesters, advocates in my party, to continue this practice of harassing, of confronting folks from the other party, I spoke out against it," Coons told CBS.

"Many people in my party did," he added. "I think it's important that people who are in leadership nationally who are well known discourage that kind of aggressive advocacy."

Waters famously called for members of the public to confront individuals in President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE's Cabinet earlier this year, telling supporters at a rally to "absolutely harass them" over the Trump administration's migrant family separation policy.

Coons's comments followed criticism from CNN President Jeff Zucker aimed at the White House urging the president and his staff to take greater care with their words following a series of pipe bombs that were sent to multiple Democrats. One package addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Ex-CIA chief rips into Trump: You’d need ‘an extremely tall ladder’ to reach intellect and integrity of McRaven Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' MORE was sent to CNN's headquarters in Manhattan. Brennan is an MSNBC contributor.

"Their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that," Zucker said Wednesday.

Waters herself was targeted by two suspicious packages this week that reportedly contained pipe bombs, amid other attacks targeting top Democrats around the country, including the Obamas, Clintons and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder endorses Pelosi for Speaker Poll: Biden and Sanders lead 2020 Dem field, followed by Beto O'Rourke Trump's shortlist for attorney general takes shape MORE.

“I ain’t scared,” Waters said after the attacks in an interview, adding: "We have to keep to doing what we’re doing in order to make this country right; that’s what I intend to do."