Suspicious packages could weigh on the minds of voters in midterms

This image obtained Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, and provided by ABC News shows a package addressed to former CIA head John Brennan and an explosive device that was sent to CNN's New York office. The mail-bomb scare widened Thursday as law enforcement officials seized more suspicious packages. (ABC News via AP)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - A string of suspicious packages is now leaving a trail of questions, about who and why and inevitably what the political implications may be. Many Democrats blame the President.

“Over the last two years what has been driving this poisonous political environment have been these very polarizing comments from the President of the United States,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told CNN Thursday.

The president’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, fired back at some of those claims.

"The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a republican baseball field practice last year,” she said.

On Wednesday, President Trump called for calm.

”In these times we have to unify we have to come together,” Trump said.

But then he tweeted that “anger in our society is caused by the mainstream media” a message that could work for the president, politically, says Alayna Treene, a political reporter with Axios in Washington.

For Republicans and especially Trump’s base, I think blaming the media does really sit well with them but at the same time it only goes to push the left further away,” she said in an interview Thursday.

She says the way the investigation is carried out also could play a role, especially if the FBI is able to find the culprit before election day.

“It will be interesting i think to see who is behind that because unfortunately in this polarized society people will seize on that,” Treene said

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