MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump decried the threat of political violence and called on the media to end its hostility on Wednesday, hours after authorities intercepted bombs sent to a news network and prominent Democrats who have been the targets of some of his sharpest barbs.

Trump’s pleas for harmony came as law enforcement officials scrambled to find the perpetrator of the thwarted bomb attacks against former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others. The scripted message was a dissonant one for the president, who has repeatedly blasted his political opponents as criminals and argued that they will destroy the country if they win control of Congress in the midterms.

President Donald Trump appeared Oct. 24, 2018 in Mosinee, where he brought Gov. Scott Walker onstage to show his support.

“We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony,” he said at a campaign rally in Wisconsin. “Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself.”

The president noted the unusually subdued tone of his remarks.

“By the way, do you see how nice I’m behaving tonight?” he said. “Have you ever seen this?”

Law enforcement authorities have ascribed no motive to the crime. Still, it has prompted immediate debate over whether increasingly personal and hard-edged rhetoric has contributed to a potentially dangerous political climate.

Those “engaged in the political arena” must “stop treating political opponents as being morally defective,” he said. He also referenced high-profile incidents in which conservatives have been accosted in restaurants and public spaces by political critics.

He added: “The media also has a responsibly to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories.”

Trump has frequently labeled stories in the media as “fake news” and many reporters as “enemies of the people.”

Trump spoke to thousands of supporters in a central Wisconsin rally as he looked to boost Republican candidates less than two weeks out from the midterm elections.

Trump appeared in part to boost the prospects of holding onto the governor’s office, held by Scott Walker, along with Sen. Leah Vukmir’s chances of picking up a U.S. Senate seat held by a Democratic incumbent.

Mindful of the national context, Trump refrained from delivering some of his regular routine critical of Democrats like Clinton and Rep. Maxine Waters, whose office appears to have been a target of one of the mail explosives.

But he had harsh words for Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, branding her Vukmir’s “radical far-left opponent” ”who wants a socialist takeover of health care.”

“You know I’m trying to say that very nicely,” he told the crowd with a smile. “Normally I’d scream, ‘They want a socialist takeover!’” he said, mimicking his own bellicose delivery. “Now I say, ‘Wants a socialist takeover,’” he said, feigning a professorial tone. “I’m trying to be nice.”

7 replies on “Thousands turn out for Trump stop in Mosinee”

    1. I was there. I’d estimate about 3 thousand inside the immediate rally area and between 5 and 6 thousand that did NOT get in. The traffic was insane and the sheer amount of people was akin to a major sporting event.

      1. Cool. I know some people who so wanted to get in but did not. I think it is so cool when a president visits our area.

      2. That is cool. I was lucky enough to meet President Trump a few years back.

        What was it like Call? Cool energy? Did it feel like a big deal? I bet it did.

  1. Shereen and Dino….
    I’ve lived in two of the largest cities in the U.S. in my adult life and have also (not in a good way) experienced some of the worst rush hour traffic. This rivaled the traffic and we had to park roughly 1.5 miles away BEFORE we could get into the roughly mile long line that was also about 5-7 people “thick”. I agree that it’s cool when a sitting U.S. President visits our area, but also cringe when I see the lead story on the WAOW website that focused on the “dozens” (I saw a grand total of FOUR) protesters, yet said absolutely nothing about the thousands inside and the thousands that didn’t get in. Then again, why am I surprised?

  2. I am not going to deal with the news.

    Congrats on having a great time. I might not be on Trumps team, but he is my President. And it is really cool that he came.

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