Trump attacks mail bomb target Tom Steyer as 'crazed & stumbling lunatic'

President Donald Trump on Sunday, just days after calling for civility on “all sides” following mail bomb attacks on prominent Democrats, called billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer a “crazed & stumbling lunatic” on Twitter.

Steyer was the intended recipient of one of at least 13 pipe bombs that were discovered last week. The packages were also addressed to CNN and other high-profile Democrats, including Hillary and Bill Clinton and former President Barack Obama. Police have arrested a Trump supporter in Florida in connection with the devices, which never detonated.

“Just watched Wacky Tom Steyer, who I have not seen in action before, be interviewed by [CNN’s Jake Tapper],” Trump tweeted. “He comes off as a crazed & stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon.”

Minutes earlier, Steyer had appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” where he addressed being targeted in the mail bomb attacks, as well as conspiracy theories claiming that he and other Jewish billionaire Democrats had attempted to buy the 2018 election.

There is an “atmosphere that [Trump has] created and that the Republican party has created in terms of political violence,” Steyer told Tapper. “I think if you look across the political scene, what you seen is routine, systematic lawlessness ― an attempt to break ... democratic norms in pursuit of victory at all costs.”

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What we know about mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc, Jr.
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What we know about mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc, Jr.

Cesar Altieri Sayoc was arrested on Friday, October 26, 2018, in connection with the mail-bomb scare that included at least 12 suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats from coast to coast.

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Cesar Sayoc Jr., was arrested at the AutoZone store on State Road 7 in Plantation, Florida.

(Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

Sayoc's van was covered in stickers of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. It also had sticker that said 'CNN Sucks.'

(Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The 56-year-old was a registered Republican.

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Social media accounts that appear to belong to Sayoc display a deep admiration for President Trump and the accounts also often featured bizarre conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton.

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Sayoc has a lengthy criminal history, including charges in for threatening to 'discharge a destructive device,' grand theft and charges for possession of a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid.

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Steyer noted that there has been “bad behavior” on both sides of the aisle, but suggested Republican officials were less likely to condemn problematic rhetoric.

“You don’t find prominent Democrats who are leading chants with violent overtones like ‘Lock her up,’ ‘CNN sucks’ ― all the kinds of attempts to play to people’s strongest emotions,” Steyer said. “That creates an atmosphere where anything can bubble up and anything is bubbling up.”

Steyer and Tapper separately fired back at Trump’s tweet on Sunday.

“It is unthinkable that in the midst of the horrible political violence our president would resort to name-calling instead of repairing the damage to the fabric of our country,” tweeted Steyer, who is reportedly considering a 2020 presidential bid.

Tapper, who often criticizes Trump’s aggressive remarks toward the media and others, simply thanked the president for watching CNN.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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