The bombs have heightened what already was a contentious campaign season ahead of the Nov. 6 elections in which Trump’s Republican Party will try to maintain majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. Democrats have seized on the episode as a symptom of the harsh rhetoric Trump wields against his rivals.
Trump condemned the bombs but later blamed the media, his frequent foil, for much of the angry tone in the nation’s political discourse.
No one has claimed responsibility, and the public was asked to report any tips. The parcels each consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing “potentially destructive devices,” the FBI said. Each bore a computer-printed address label and six “forever” postage stamps, the agency said.
Some of the packages sent to New York locations had envelopes of white powder in them, but Sweeney’s examination had shown the substance posed no biological threat.
Sweeney said all of the devices were being sent to the FBI’s crime lab in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis.
Most of the intended recipients were high-profile Democrats and all were known to be outspoken critics of Trump, foils for his political rhetoric or both.
Trump long questioned Obama’s U.S. citizenship and referred to Clinton, whom he defeated in the 2016 presidential race, as “crooked Hillary.” He has derided Waters publicly as “low-IQ Maxine.”