New York Times: Florida, Pittsburgh suspects ‘responsible for their own actions’

The left-leaning New York Times editorial board said that those responsible for political violence and harassment in recent days are “responsible for their own actions,” even as some others in the news media have attempted to make President Trump responsible.

The paper said Sunday night that the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre on Saturday and the suspicious packages mailed around the country to high-profile Democrats last week might have been more forcefully condemned by Trump, but that he was not personally to blame.

A package addressed to former CIA director John Brennan is shown beside an explosive device that was sent to CNN’s New York office. (ABC News via AP)

“The suspects in Pittsburgh, Florida and Kentucky are responsible for their own actions,” said the Times. “Maniacs have always existed in dark crevices of American life, and no amount of public condemnation will ever stop them from developing poisonous ideas. But in this harrowing time, more good speech, from more good people, can remind other Americans of the sorts of values that have, so far, managed to contain the divisions in their country, of the moral imagination and empathy that Mr. Bowers evidently so feared.”

The Pittsburgh shooting resulted in 11 deaths and several more injuries. The suspect, Robert D. Bowers, is an anti-Semite who believed Trump was too closely associated with Jewish people. The Kentucky incident occurred Wednesday when a white man, Gregory Bush, shot and killed a black man and a black woman.

Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Florida was arrested last week and charged in relation to the more than a dozen potential explosives delivered to the homes and offices of Trump critics, including CNN in New York, former president Obama’s home in Washington and the California office of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

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Cesar Sayoc’s van

Trump on Friday condemned the package deliveries. “These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country. No place,” he said. “We must never allow political violence to take root in America.”

On Saturday, he also condemned the Pittsburgh shooting, calling it “anti-Semitic” and “an assault on all of us.”


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