President Trump at a rally in North Carolina Friday night condemned political violence; said "everyone will benefit if we can end the politics of personal destruction;" and praised law enforcement efforts in capturing the man thought to be responsible for mailing package bombs to high-profile Democratic and media figures this week. But the president quickly pivoted to attacking the press.
"We have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me and the Republican Party," Trump said. "The media has tried to attack the incredible Americans who support our movement to give power back to the people."
Trump's crowd responded with a chant of "CNN sucks" and "media sucks." CNN was one of the bomb package recipients; the bomb mailing suspect is thought to own a van covered in pro-Trump bumper stickers.
Watch a clip of Trump's comment in context below. Bonnie Kristian
#AmericaFirst – @realDonaldTrump: We have seen an effort by media to use sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me. We didn’t use @SteveScalise shooter’s attempt at mass murder for political gain. That would’ve been wrong. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/hjAeS3QMsD
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 26, 2018