America is in the midst of a mass-terrorist attack. Pipe bombs are being sent to houses and offices of prominent Democratic politicians and liberal figures who are popular targets of the president and his supporters.
We do not know who is sending these bombs, but the people receiving them are traditional targets of right-wing conspiracy theories, and a federal official told the Wall Street Journal that “investigators believe the packages sent to Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Soros came from the same suspect.” We do not know whether the packages sent to Clinton and Soros are related to the rest of the bombs sent out today, but again, there is a fairly clear pattern emerging here.
“Lock her up!”
In the 20th Century, the Rothschilds were the preeminent boogeymen in politics, and like Soros, they were Jewish. As long as there have been Jews, the “Jews control the world in the shadows” trope has existed, and George Soros is simply the latest trojan horse for bigots to insert their agenda into the mainstream dialogue. According to the FBI, 54% of religiously motivated hate crimes in 2016 were perpetrated against Jews, so if you're shocked at this reality, you should pay more attention to reality.
Waters said “let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Trump then insinuated that her rhetoric would be met with violence.
Today, a pipe bomb was sent to her office.
President Obama's former Attorney General said “when they go low, we kick them. That's what this new Democratic Party is all about.” Holder has been a popular target on the right thanks to his general buffoonery and past power as a law enforcement officer. Trump has even compared this supposed Russia “witch hunt!” that many of his supporters portray as a coup to Holder's tenure.
There are literally too many conspiracy theories to list with America's first black president, but Trump has not held back in asserting that Obama was/is trying to undermine his presidency.
The former Vice President and the actor in the next entry were added the day after this post published, as the authorities traced explosive devices sent to them (they also found additional packages sent to Maxine Waters). Biden recently said that Trump was more like the segregationist, George Wallace, than George Washington—among many other shots at our president—and Trump has responded to Biden's criticism with veiled threats.
Robert De Niro
The acclaimed actor famously said “fuck Trump” at the Tony Awards, and Trump responded by basically accusing De Niro of having CTE.
CNN may be the thing that Trump tweets about the most, and his supporters have been whipped up into a fervor surrounding the network.
This bomb is the most convincing example that these assassination attempts are deliberately following prominent targets of right-wing ire. It is addressed to former CIA Director, John Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked by Trump, and who also does not work at CNN—he works at NBC.
There also seems to be a black ISIS flag or something resembling it on the handle of the bomb, and its return address is former DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The story this pipe bomb tells is completely incoherent: that supposedly the disgruntled former DNC Chair teamed with ISIS to assassinate a group of liberal politicians frequently targeted by Trump, but also didn't know that John Brennan—who is on MSNBC all the time—doesn't work for CNN.
Again, we do not know who sent these bombs and are still very much in the fact-finding stage of this terrorist attack, but they do follow a clear pattern of targeting fairly mainstream liberal targets of the right-wing. Given the bizarre nature of the pipe bomb sent to CNN, it seems likely that the individual(s) responsible for sending these out are not all right in the head, and could just be mimicking the charged rhetoric you see in so many right-wing corners of the internet—but regardless, the violent rhetoric on the right has been escalating (and words like Holder’s which endorsed a small degree of political violence are not helpful to this dymamic), and the mass terrorist attack we are presently experiencing sure seems to be a consequence of those words in some way, shape or form. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
UPDATE: The FBI released a statement on the bombs that makes it look like they are viewing them as connected, writing “The packages are similar in appearance, as depicted in the below photograph, and contain potentially destructive devices. The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages were affixed with computer-printed address labels and six Forever stamps. All packages had a return address of ‘DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ’ [sic] in Florida. Packages identified to date were addressed to:
— George Soros
— Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
— Former President Barack Obama
— Former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN
— Former Attorney General Eric Holder
The FBI also said that “it is possible that additional packages were mailed to other locations,” so we will update this post if they confirm or deny any others, and we have removed Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the post, as her suspicious package that led to an evacuation was intended for Eric Holder, but returned to her office thanks to her name being the return address.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.