Maxine Waters Among Democrats Targeted By Unknown Bomber
UPDATE: 3:35 P.M. ET (October 24, 2018) - In a statement to VIBE, Rep. Maxine Waters has condemned the suspected act of terror.
“I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, DC office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI. I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”
The list of suspected pipe bombs targeted at key Democrats now includes Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Ca.).
According to The Hill, the suspicious package did not make it to her home and was intercepted at a mail facility in Maryland Wednesday (Oct. 24). The news comes hours after the Secret Service confirmed that “potential explosive devices” were sent to the homes of former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton as well as former Attorney General Eric Holder and Florida Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz.
Because the list of targets includes those who have been the most outspoken about the Trump administration, the hashtag #MAGABomber has been attached to the suspect(s).
NBC News reports the first explosive was discovered in the mailbox of Jewish philanthropist and billionaire George George Soros’ home in Bedford, New York. There were also reports of another potentially dangerous package was sent to the office of Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
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After it was confirmed that CNN’s New York office was also targeted, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident an act of terror.
“What we saw here today was an effort to terrorize,” de Blasio said. “This was clearly an act of terror.”
Speaking at a previously scheduled private donor event for Donna Shalala Wednesday, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out against the suspected bomber. “It is a troubling time,” she said. “And it’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring out country together. We also have to elect candidates who will try to do the same.”
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump condemned the packages and any effort of violence.
“The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice,” he said at the White House. “We will spare no resources or expense in this effort. In these times, we have to unify. We have to come together, and send one clear, strong unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”