Trump loves to attack Democrats by name, but he won't say their names when someone's trying to kill them.
Trump delivered a statement Wednesday about a string of attempted bombings of people Trump regularly attacks — but he didn't bother mentioning them by name.
"I'd like to begin today's remarks by providing an update on the suspicious packages and devices mailed to current and former high-ranking government officials," Trump said.
That's a bizarre way of referring to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose names he never hesitates to say when he's smearing and lying about them.
Bombs were also sent to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), former Attorney General Eric Holder, and former CIA Director John Brennan at the New York headquarters of CNN — which he also didn't mention.
Nor did Trump's vague comment include the attempted bombing of philanthropist and Holocaust survivor George Soros earlier this week.
Trump has explicitly attacked all of the people who were targeted with bombs. Just two days ago, he attacked CNN, Clinton, and Waters at a campaign rally in Houston, and the others within the past few weeks.
After describing the investigative effort, Trump said, without a trace of irony, that "in these times, we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, and unmistakable message: that acts were threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America."
Just last week, Trump celebrated Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte's assault on a reporter and reenacting the attack onstage during a rally. When he was later asked if he regretted praising the assault, Trump stood by his comments.
Trump has created an atmosphere of political hatred against the people who are being targeted, and explicitly encouraged political violence, which makes his lip service to condemning these attacks ring hollow.
His refusal to name them now — when he's so comfortable using their names to rile up his fans at his rallies — shows just how little sympathy, let alone remorse, he has.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.