The Hill reports:
President Trump on Friday rejected calls to temper his political rhetoric in the aftermath of a nationwide bomb-scare involving many prominent Democrats with whom he has traded barbs.
“I think I’ve been toned down, if you want to know the truth,” Trump told reporters before leaving the White House for a campaign event in North Carolina. “I could really tone it up because, as you know, the media’s been extremely unfair to me and to the Republican Party,” Trump said.
Trump acknowledged Sayoc is “a person that preferred me over others” but claimed not to have seen pro-Trump stickers on a van purportedly belonging to the suspect. “I did not. I did not see my face on the van,” the president said when asked about the images.
Reporter: “Will you call Obama and the Clintons [after the bomb mailings]?”
Trump: “If they wanted me to, but I think we’ll probably pass.” pic.twitter.com/KvTk8qUQzg
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 26, 2018
WATCH: When asked if his rhetoric and encouragement to violence could be toned down, Trump says “I could tone it up” implicitly threatening the assembled reporters. pic.twitter.com/GnWoniL8uk
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) October 26, 2018
Trump, asked if his rhetoric is to blame for the bombings, replies, “Not at all, no. There is no blame. There is no anything.” (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/833hzPrxpV
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 26, 2018
Q: “Would you yourself pledge to tone down the rhetoric for the next few days?”
President Trump: “I think I’ve been toned down, if you want to know the truth. I could really tone it up because as you know the media’s been extremely unfair to me and to the Republican Party.” pic.twitter.com/ANzytrlCel
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 26, 2018