Trump calls on media to set a ‘civil tone’ amid terror scare

WASHINGTON – President Trump denounced ongoing threats of violence against political opponents as “an attack on our democracy” and called on the media to set a “civil tone.”

“Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself,” Trump said in his opening remarks at a rally Wednesday in Wisconsin.

“No nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, coercion or control. Such conduct must be fiercely opposed and firmly prosecuted.”

Trump condemned the suspicious devices and packages mailed to “current and former high-ranking government officials” but declined to also mention that CNN, President Obama, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also received a pipe bombs in the mail.

“My highest duty, as you know, as president is to keep America safe…The federal government is conducting an aggressive investigation and we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice — hopefully very quickly,” Trump said.

Trump’s rallies have typically been a chance for the president to rail against “fake news,” which prompts loud chants of “CNN sucks.” Trump blamed the press Wednesday for inciting negativity.

“The media also has responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories,” Trump said. “Have to do it. They’ve got to stop. Bring people together.”

The president marveled to the crowd in Mosinee he was going to be “nice” tonight.

Instead of condemning his rivals and belittling them with nicknames, Trump instead kicked off the rally with a call for civility.

“Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective,” Trump said.

“…No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often. It’s done all the time. It’s got to stop. We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property.”

He encouraged Americans to debate their differences respectfully before the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

“There is one way to settle our disagreements: It’s called peacefully at the ballot box.”

“What we cannot let our disagreements about matters of policy to tear us apart as a country. We must accept the verdicts of elections.”

He added: “So let’s put it all together. Let’s get along.”

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