Sarah Huckabee Sanders Says Trump Condemns All Violence, but He Celebrated Violence Last Week

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday morning that it was "absolutely ridiculous" for anyone to suggest President Donald Trump was responsible for the series of suspicious packages containing explosive devices that were sent to Democrats and other public officials across the country in recent days.

"Difference between comments made and actions taken," Sanders said. "The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone, no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice last year."

"The president has condemned violence in all forms" since day one, Sanders said. She added that he believes "everyone has a role to play."

Last week at a rally in Montana, Trump praised GOP Congressman Greg Gianforte for his past body slam of a reporter.

The series of explosive devices, all of which were aimed at critics of the president, began Monday when a package with explosive powder was sent to the home of billionaire Democratic donor George Soros in New York. The same type of package, some containing pipe bombs, was then discovered on Wednesday sent to the Obamas, the Clintons, Democratic Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA Director John Brennan. The package intended for Brennan was sent to the New York offices of CNN, prompting an evacuation.

More packages discovered Thursday morning were believed to have the intended targets of former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro.

On Twitter that morning, Trump blamed the media as the cause for the "anger we see today in our society." Critics have said the president's past rhetoric and spread of conspiracy theories could be perceived by some as promoting violence. Trump has routinely criticized most of those who received the explosive devices either at rallies or 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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018

Following the series of bomb threats on Wednesday, the president called for the country to "unify." At a campaign rally in Wisconsin just hours later, Trump said it was the media's responsibility to "stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories."