You can always count on Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) to appear out of the blue to call for some civility.
Flake just happened to be in New York City on Wednesday to give CNN's Chris Cuomo his take on the day's events. Trump should not refer to the press as the "enemy of the people," Flake said, because "people hear that and they follow it."
His comments came just hours after CNN's New York office was evacuated when an explosive device was uncovered in their mailroom. A number of suspicious packages were also sent to prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
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Flake said that "words matter, particularly when they are spoken by those at the top of government," and expressed hope that Trump will "take a more civil tone." The Arizona senator, who earlier had been spotted outside the evacuated building, argued there's plenty of blame to go around, saying that everyone should tone down their rhetoric and that there has been violence "on all sides." Watch Flake's apparently totally spontaneous interview with CNN below. Brendan Morrow
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