President Donald Trump suggested a string of mail bombs sent to his most prominent critics was a “false flag” event intended to hurt Republicans in the midterm elections — and social media users were horrified.
Trump tweeted Thursday the “fake news” media was to blame for rising anger in politics, and he lashed out early Friday morning at CNN after the network was targeted by one suspicious package.
He then complained that his Twitter follower account was dwindling before floating a conspiracy theory about the mail bombs, shortly after two more were intercepted on their way to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former director of national intelligence James Clapper.
Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
Other Twitter users bashed the president’s focus on his own political fortunes, rather than his opponents targeted in the terror campaign.
lmao dude at least pretend to care https://t.co/YCa0jrJlZ9
— 👻low voter turnout💀 (@JordanUhl) October 26, 2018
Trump's over here coming out harder against Twitter for removing a bunch of automated bot/zombie accounts from his follow list than he came out against the person sending bombs all over the country to his political enemies
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 26, 2018
In the cesspool of Trump's administration, this is yet another low point. He's amplifying the conspiracy theory nutcases AND saying the bombs are bad only because Republicans could lose some votes over Trump's violent rhetoric. He is an awful person. https://t.co/ly39BuouDMADVERTISEMENT
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) October 26, 2018
There is no subtext anymore. Only text. https://t.co/8QtbWv5Pnl
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 26, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
Holy shit. The president is suggesting a string of bombs mailed to his critics is a false flag. This is Alex Jones-level stuff. https://t.co/fQgrBfdbiR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 26, 2018
The Alex Jones presidency https://t.co/kFlK05watu
— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) October 26, 2018
I thought surely this was a parody account.ADVERTISEMENT
— m (@immalamp) October 26, 2018
trump crying about losing twitter followers and calling the bombs false flags in the span of two hours is top tier boomer right winger
— raandy (@randygdub) October 26, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
— JoJo Ain't Playing Nice (@NorwegianNice) October 26, 2018
scare-quotes, baby! it only took him 48 hours. https://t.co/rgFGkB7dYr
— “Andrew Kirell” is my Halloween costume (@AndrewKirell) October 26, 2018
I, too, dislike it when bombs mailed to other people interfere with my TV habits. https://t.co/w3vy44thsXADVERTISEMENT
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) October 26, 2018
the false flag theory is coming from inside the white house https://t.co/sd07sskQ7s
— Talia B Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) October 26, 2018
You are truly a disgusting monster. There is no end to your cruelty. You lack basic humanity.
— MalyndaHale (@MalyndaHale) October 26, 2018
There's literally no bottom. https://t.co/Dlas9do7v4
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) October 26, 2018
History is going to wreck you. https://t.co/JpmzYoKpnr
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 26, 2018
This is not how a real president communicates. This is not how a responsible person behaves. https://t.co/cBszcsRiWS
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) October 26, 2018
Trump has zero concern for targets of bombings. He only cares about his base. The rest of us are expendable. Show trump you won’t be ignored. VOTE!!
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 26, 2018
Let's be very clear about what this tweet is:@POTUS just signaled an endorsement of the baseless false flag theories being spread by right-wing media, framing terrorism as a midterm distraction
This is his most depraved display of party over country yethttps://t.co/O5itHFQKxK
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) October 26, 2018
"Bomb stuff happens" … there really is no fucking bottom here.
— Wendell M. Young (@wendmyoung) October 26, 2018