More Bombs Directed at Democrats, Trump Critics
More pipe bombs targeting members of the Democratic Party and a critic of U.S. President Donald Trump were discovered Thursday.
Investigators found three more pipe bombs: one sent to actor Robert De Niro and the others to former Vice President Joe Biden. They said the devices were similar to the pipe bombs sent this week to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN television.
The package found at CNN was addressed to John Brennan, a fierce critic of Trump and a former director of intelligence under Obama. Others were sent to businessman George Soros, a long-time Democratic Party supporter, and Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California.
One package mailed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served under Obama, was returned to the office of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She was a former chair of the Democratic Party.
Actor Robert De Niro has long been a vocal critic of President Trump. At the Tony Awards in June, the actor used an obscenity to insult the president. Former Vice President Joe Biden has denounced Trump while campaigning for Democrats around the country.
None of the devices exploded and no one was injured. But the packages sent to Democrats and critics of the president raised tensions before the November 6 midterm elections.
The recipients of the pipe bombs have long been targets of the president's supporters. A conservative talk show hosts even questioned whether someone who opposed Trump sent the bombs.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump condemned the attempted bombings and said, "Acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States."
But Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer of New York and Nancy Pelosi of California said Trump's words "ring hollow." In other words, the lawmakers suggest Trump's words do not mean much because he supports violence in other ways.
They noted the president's "support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protestors, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people."
By Thursday morning, the president again blamed the media without referring to the bombing attempts. Trump wrote on Twitter: "A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!"
What are in the packages?
An official told the Associated Press the bombs seized on Wednesday were about 15 centimeters long and packed with powder and broken glass. The official said the devices were made from plastic pipe and covered with black tape.
Law enforcement officials said all the packages were similar. They came in brown envelopes with six stamps and the return address of Democratic lawmaker Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
All the devices were sent to an FBI lab in Virginia to be studied. Officials provided no details on a possible suspect or motive.
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1.pipe bombs 管式炸弹
They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs.
2.clean up 清理；整顿
They usually clean up after the party is over.
3.midterm elections 中期选举
Over the years, Democrats and Republicans have tended to face challenges in congressional midterm elections.
4.refer to 参考；涉及
Writers often refer to a dictionary.
5.In other words, the lawmakers suggest Trump's words do not mean much because he supports violence in other ways.
in other ways 用其他方式
Iraq has also damaged America's ability to lead the world in other ways.
You can do this in other ways.
6.In other words, the lawmakers suggest Trump's words do not mean much because he supports violence in other ways.
In other words 换句话说
In other words, he came out of the closet.
In other words, we were about to crash.
调查人员又发现了三枚管式炸弹：一枚寄给演员罗伯特·德尼罗，另外两枚寄给美国前副总统乔·拜登 。他们表示，这些炸弹装置与本周寄给前总统奥巴马、希拉里·克林顿以及CNN电视台的管式炸弹相似 。
CNN电视台发现的包裹是寄给约翰·布伦南的，他是特朗普的激烈批评者，也曾在奥巴马手下担任中央情报局局长 。另外的炸弹包裹分别寄给民主党长期支持者、商人乔治·索罗斯，以及联邦众议员、来自加州的民主党人玛克辛·沃特斯 。
其中一个寄给曾在奥巴马手下担任前司法部长的埃里克·霍尔德的包裹被退回至黛比·沃瑟曼·舒尔茨议员的办公室 。舒尔茨曾担任民主党全国委员会主席 。
演员罗伯特·德尼罗一直都直言不讳地批评总统特朗普 。在6月的托尼奖颁奖典礼上，这位演员用不雅之词侮辱总统特朗普 。前副总统乔·拜登在全国为民主党助选时曾公开抨击特朗普 。
目前炸弹装置没有被引爆，也没有人员伤亡 。但在11月6日的中期选举之前，寄给民主党人以及总统批评者的炸弹包裹加剧了选举的紧张氛围 。
一直以来，这些管式炸弹的收件人都是总统支持者的攻击目标 。一位保守派脱口秀节目主持人甚至怀疑，这些炸弹包裹是否由反对特朗普的人寄出的 。
但民主党参众两院的领袖-----来自纽约州的参议院领袖查克·舒默，以及来自加州的众议院领袖南希·佩洛西称，特朗普的话不过是“空谈” 。也就是说，议员们认为特朗普的话没有任何实质意义，因为他以其他的方式支持暴力 。
周四上午，特朗普再次指责媒体，但没有提及炸弹未遂一事 。特朗普在推特写道：“如今，我们的社会充斥着愤怒，而这很大程度上归咎于主流媒体故意报道虚假和失实报道，我把这些统称为“假新闻” 。‘假新闻’已经变得如此恶劣、可憎，简直无法形容 。主流媒体必须整顿作风 。立刻！”
一名官员告诉美联社, 周三缴获的炸弹约15厘米长，里面装满火药和碎玻璃 。这名官员表示，爆炸装置由塑料管制成，上面缠有黑色胶带 。
执法官员表示，所有的包裹十分相似 。这些包裹都贴着6张邮票装进棕色信封内，寄件人地址是民主党议员黛比·沃瑟曼·舒尔茨议员 。
所有炸弹装置都被送往弗吉尼亚的联邦调查局实验室进行研究 。官员并未提供任何可疑嫌犯或动机的细节 。