President Donald Trump urged the media Wednesday to take responsibility for creating a negative political climate in the United States.
“The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone, and to stop endless hostility,and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories,” Trump said.
The president commented immediately as he began a political rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday. He urged the country to come together after several threatening devices were sent to mainly prominent Democrats.
Trump vowed to fully investigate the attempted attacks and hold those responsible accountable.
“Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our Democracy itself,” Trump said. “No nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation or control.”
Trump urged all Americans to unite against political themed violence.
“We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony, we can do it, it will happen,” he said.
Trump urged political figures to stop treating political opponents unfairly.
“Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective,” he said. “The language of moral condemnation and destructive routine, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop.
Trump also hinted that political figures should not compare their foes to Hitler.
“No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often, it’s done all the time. It’s gotta stop,” he said.
He also hinted at Democratic attempts to intimidate Republicans in restaurants and criticized acts of vandalism.
“We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property,” he said.