President Trump’s campaign chief apologized after the poor timing of an email that was sent criticizing CNN.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale addressed the “automated” email in a statement to CNN Wednesday, apologizing that the critical message was sent after the network’s New York City offices were evacuated due to a suspicious package, The Hill reported.
CNN headquarters at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan was evacuated Wednesday upon discovery of a potential explosive device addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. A law enforcement official later revealed to the Associated Press late Wednesday that the pipe bomb and white powder were harmless.
Almost 2 hours after CNN was evacuated, the Trump campaign sent this email, signed by Lara Trump. The email attacks CNN and includes a “media accountability survey.” These emails are always setup in advance, but most campaigns put a hold on emails when there is breaking news pic.twitter.com/Cf1zSC49Tw
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 24, 2018
The Trump campaign was unable to stop the mass email that was scheduled to go out, however. Signed by Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and senior adviser to his reelection campaign, the email presented a “media accountability survey,” to help fight “bias against hardworking Americans” and attacked CNN for negative comments about a recent Trump rally.
The email “unfortunately was a pre-programmed, automated message that was not caught before the news broke,” Parscale said in a statement to CNN, according to The Hill.
“We apologize for this,” he added. “We in no way condone violence against anyone who works for CNN, or anyone else.”
Trump’s 2020 campaign manager apologizes for email sent out earlier today in Lara Trump’s name that criticized CNN and said the media needed “a wake up call.” Brad Parscale says it was “a pre-programmed, automated message” and they don’t condone violence against CNN or anyone. pic.twitter.com/cKCBR5oioO
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 24, 2018
The package forced the evacuation of CNN’s Manhattan offices Wednesday morning and followed other, similar packages sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and billionaire activist George Soros. Rep. Maxine Waters was also targeted as was Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who may have received the package meant for Holder.
The president condemned the attacks and said that “acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
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