Mod: Is a coincidence that just about everyone this so-called president has repeatedly attacked at his nationalist party rallies was sent a pipe bomb by the MAGA Bomber? I for one certainly don't believe so. The MAGA Bomber has probably dreamed often of the praise he would receive from Trump for carrying out what he believed are his wishes.
Steve Schmidt, the former GOP political operative who helped manage the presidential campaigns of both George W. Bush and John McCain, spelled it all out in a series of three Tweets yesterday. I think he pretty much nailed it.
Trump did just about the bare minimum expected after the attempted attacks using improvised explosives on two of his predecessors, several other prominent political critics and the New York offices of CNN. He called for national unity, promised to bring those responsible to justice and warned that political violence was an "attack on our democracy itself."
But there was no public acknowledgment that there can be consequences to the nation's most conspiratorial rhetoric and demagoguery -- violent, dehumanizing language he himself has spread as he lashes out at his opponents and whips up his supporters.
He did not mention the victims by name. Or give any indication that he is concerned that some people might see his flaming rhetoric as a spur to violence.
Trump's response to Wednesday's events was a reminder of the gap between presidential expectations and performance that has often been evident in his response to grave national moments, crises and natural disasters.