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… https://t.co/hBykht1zhk— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1540563579.0
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— jordan (@jordan)1540563691.0
In the cesspool of Trump's administration, this is yet another low point. He's amplifying the conspiracy theory nut… https://t.co/ZawR7f4f4Z— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1540563922.0
Holy shit. The president is suggesting a string of bombs mailed to his critics is a false flag. This is Alex Jones-… https://t.co/ROEhD6XFxv— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1540564162.0
The Alex Jones presidency https://t.co/kFlK05watu— Brian Tashman (@Brian Tashman)1540563644.0
@realDonaldTrump I thought surely this was a parody account.— m (@m)1540564849.0
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 (@raandy)1540565332.0
scare-quotes, baby! it only took him 48 hours. https://t.co/rgFGkB7dYr— Andrew Kirell (@Andrew Kirell)1540563684.0
I, too, dislike it when bombs mailed to other people interfere with my TV habits. https://t.co/w3vy44thsX— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@Matt Pearce 🦅)1540564216.0
the false flag theory is coming from inside the white house https://t.co/sd07sskQ7s— Talia Lavin (@Talia Lavin)1540564070.0
@realDonaldTrump You are truly a disgusting monster. There is no end to your cruelty. You lack basic humanity.— Malynda Hale (@Malynda Hale)1540564980.0
There's literally no bottom. https://t.co/Dlas9do7v4— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky)1540564974.0
History is going to wreck you. https://t.co/JpmzYoKpnr— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1540564829.0
This is not how a real president communicates. This is not how a responsible person behaves. https://t.co/cBszcsRiWS— Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss)1540563890.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump has zero concern for targets of bombings. He only cares about his base. The rest of us are e… https://t.co/02TSEFTkg1— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1540564762.0
@realDonaldTrump Let's be very clear about what this tweet is: @POTUS just signaled an endorsement of the baseless… https://t.co/lU7Lc9VLpm— Rantt Media (@Rantt Media)1540565208.0
@realDonaldTrump "Bomb stuff happens" ... there really is no fucking bottom here.— Wendell M. Young (@Wendell M. Young)1540564874.0