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In the past week, as the 2018 midterms approached, Republicans felt good that with the media coverage on immigration—and a caravan of migrants thousands of miles away—their voters would be motivated to head to the polls.
Unfortunately, President Donald Trump lamented on Twitter, someone recently may have tried to assassinate every major figure in the Democratic Party.
“Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this ‘Bomb’ stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics,” Trump wrote. “Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”
Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
What is going on, again, he is saying, is not that the actual bombings are occurring, but that they aren’t helping his party. The Trump tweet, putting “bomb” in quotes, is also is somewhat a nod to the fervent supporters of his party, who are adamant the attacks are some sort of false flag operation fabricated to distract the masses, a notion entertained even by his own son.
His tweet was met with many critics on Twitter.
this seems to be all but an explicit endorsement of the "false flag" narrative promoted in conservative media. i have something on that out this morning. https://t.co/dQsBtBOr3U https://t.co/0SNMovpquL
— Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) October 26, 2018
There’s the false flag tweet we’ve been waiting for https://t.co/JTC4Qe4YwK
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 26, 2018
Someone is trying to assassinate the entire Democratic leadership, the president is complaining that this is bad for his party's polls, and literally all Republicans everywhere agree with him and support him https://t.co/TsJLAVTa9h
— Only using this platform for BOO-ms (@DavidKlion) October 26, 2018
As Trump’s tweet went out, authorities announced a suspect has been arrested in connection with the packages. He has yet to tweet as of press time.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]