President Donald Trump on Wednesday implored politicians to stop questioning the moral character of their opponents, using a rally in Wisconsin to call for a more civil politics hours after a series of suspicious packages were sent to high profile Democrats and CNN.
“No nation can succeed that tolerates violence,” Trump said, breaking script from his usually highly partisan rallies to discuss the packages. “The language of moral condemnation and destructive routine, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop. Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.”
But, Trump put some of the blame for the current political climate on the news media.
“The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories,” Trump told the audience. “They’ve got to stop.”
The president’s remarks Wednesday night in Mosinee, Wisconsin, interrupted the usual, natural flow to every rally where he regularly criticizes the “fake news” media, the “obstructionist” Democrats and stays silent as supporters chant “lock her up” in reference to Hillary Clinton.