The set of “Morning Joe” officially blamed President Trump on Thursday after a series of attempted mail bomb attacks against prominent Democrats and CNN this week.
In one of several emotional “straight into the camera” monologues, Mika Brzezinski said Trump and his rhetoric made it a certainty that this day would come sooner or later.
“We don’t know who sent the packages, but I do know in my heart that President Trump bears a lot of responsibility for rhetoric that made it almost inevitable that top Democrats and the media would be targeted,” said Brzezinski. “I want to be honest, I have been highly reactive in my emotions and fears about this president.”
She then encouraged her party to remain calm and not go into the gutter with Trump.
“As Democrats, I would speak to you now and see that we need to immediately press reset,” she said. “We know that what Trump wants before the mid-terms is a brawl, a battle of conspiracy theories, unhinged accusations and violent rude behavior. Democrats. Don’t do it. Pull back. Don’t try and intimidate Republicans when they’re at public places like restaurants. Don’t do it.”
She then criticized, by name, prominent Democrats who have encouraged confrontation like California congresswoman Maxine Waters.
“A tactic explicitly encouraged by Maxine Waters. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t say it, Maxine,” she said. “Don’t get in the gutter with this man and this rhetoric. That’s what he wants.”
On Wednesday, most other news came to a standstill after a bomb was mailed to CNN as well as former president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The bombs delivered via the U.S. postal service were similar to one received by billionaire Democratic funder George Soros on Monday and Robert De Niro on Thursday.
For much of Wednesday, CNN reported from the streets of Manhattan after their New York bureau in the Time Warner Center was evacuated. CNN chief Jeff Zucker also stuck the blame squarely on Trump in a statement.
Statement from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker: pic.twitter.com/OXyIT6oSLT
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 24, 2018