(CNSNews.com) – On Wednesday, Republicans strongly condemned the apparent political violence aimed at certain Democrat lawmakers and CNN after “suspicious packages,” appearing to contain bombs, were sent to the homes of the lawmakers, to liberal billionaire George Soros, and to the the New York City office of CNN.
Also, President Donald Trump called the attempted violence “despicable,” “egregious,” and “abhorrent” at a Wednesday press briefing at the White House, and said the packages were being inspected by explosives experts and that a federal investigation is being conducted.
“The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice,” Trump said after a briefing with the FBI, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Secret Service.
“We will spare no resources or expense in this effort, and I just want to tell you that in these times we have to unify,” said Trump. “We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
“This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans,” the president added.
The packages, which reportedly contained explosive devices, were mailed to former U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), as well as Soros and the Manhattan building that houses CNN.
The package intended for CNN was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. All of the devices were intercepted before they reached their targets, according to ABC News.
Vice President Mike Pence called the attempted attacks “cowardly,” tweeting, “We condemn he attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) wrote, “Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice. We cannot tolerate any attempt to terrorize public figures.” He also thanked law enforcement for its efforts in defusing the threats.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Americans “must take a step back from the brink and work to bring the temperature down,” and added that “political passion cannot become violence.”
The attempted violence against prominent Democrats came after recent attacks on multiple Republicans, including Minnesota GOP candidates Shane Mekeland and Sarah Anderson. Some Democratic leaders, including Holder and Waters, have made statements that seem to condone violence and mob tactics.