NEW YORK — President Donald Trump returned on Thursday to blaming the media for much of the "anger" in society, a day after CNN and Democrats were the targets of explosive devices.
"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," Trump tweeted. "It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description."
"Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" he continued.
Although the President has often derided the media as "fake news," even labeling reporters the "enemy of the people," Thursday's tweet is especially striking in the wake of potential attacks on a major media outlet and political figures who have criticized him.
As Trump was tweeting, New York authorities were removing a suspicious package addressed to actor -- and frequent Trump critic -- Robert De Niro at a building in Lower Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. The package has markings similar to the pipe bomb packages recently mailed nationwide to top Democrats, two law enforcement sources said.
In the initial aftermath of the bomb discoveries Wednesday, Trump offered a more conventional presidential message of unity, condemning the attack and calling on Americans to "unify" and "come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that threats or acts of political violence have no place in the United States of America."
Trump also began an evening rally in Wisconsin by voicing his desire for "all sides to come together in peace and harmony."
But he later pointed the finger at the media, saying that the press has a "responsibility" to foster civility.
"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. Have to do it," he said at the rally.