Sen. Bob Menendez lambasted President Donald Trump for his response to attempted bombings targeting his critics and political opponents, including Sen. Cory Booker.
“I’m not satisfied with the president’s response, calling out all of you as the cause,” Menendez said. “I worry that the president doesn’t understand that words have consequences. we’ve seen it in history that words have consequences. When you ultimately call the press the enemy of the people and you suggest that they’re an enemy that should be gone after, there’s a consequence.”
After adopting an initially conciliatory tone in response to the attempted assassinations, Trump again began making attacks on the media and political opponents on Twitter
“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’” Trump tweeted early Friday morning.
Among the 13 bombs authorities have intercepted so far was one sent to CNN’s New York office.
Menendez said his office had upped security somewhat, following U.S. Postal Service protocols for such threats.
“I’m glad that my friend and my colleague Cory Booker, that it never reached him. So, I’m thankful for that as well as for all the others who were the targets,” Menendez said. “I just think it’s pretty sad in the nation’s history at this moment where anyone would resort to violence in the course of our political discourse. It really calls for changing the toxic environment in which we’re in.”
Bob Hugin, Menendez’s opponent, took a similar tone in condemning the attempted assassinations.
“This is unacceptable,” Hugin said on Twitter. “Civil disagreement is healthy, but violence of any kind must not be tolerated. Violence has no place in our politics or our public discourse.”