CNN host John King claimed on Thursday that “no one” was blaming President Donald Trump for the pipe bombs that were sent to several Democratic figures this week as his panel then proceeded to blame the president for the pipe bombs.
“No one’s blaming the president,” King said. “Is anyone blaming the president? But the president now wants to make it about him.”
As King was making his remarks, CNN’s chyron stated: “CNN: Trump has no plans to claim any personal responsibility for inciting serial bomber.”
“Of course he played no role in this,” Politico reporter Rachael Bade said, before speculating: “But you have to look at the greater context to this atmosphere he has created in Washington in attacking the media, and you have to wonder if that contributed to what happened yesterday.”
The Federalist’s Mary Katharine Ham pushed back on the idea that the president’s language was leading to violence, saying, “I think in coverage of this, there is a pretty clear implication by much of it that rhetoric inevitably leads to violence. And I actually think that is not a great thing to be saying.”
“If you make the clear implication that speech you object to — and by the way, it’s very tempting to say that it’s only the speech you object to that causes violence — causes violence, then we are in a bad situation with the freedoms the First Amendment affords us and that we enjoy here every single day,” Ham continued. “I think that is a political temptation, that too many people go down the road.”