Americans learned last week of pipe bombs sent by mail to Democratic Party political leaders and other critics of President Donald Trump. The leaders included former President Barack Obama and his Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and several current lawmakers. No bombs exploded and no one was hurt.
On Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Cesar Sayoc of Florida was arrested and charged with the crimes. He added that the suspect, a 56-year-old Republican Party member and Trump supporter, in Sessions' words, “appears to be a partisan.”
News of the arrest seemed to give the country a moment to breathe before the Nov. 6 mid-term elections. The voting could change the balance of power in Congress.
However, not even 24 hours later, a mass shooter killed 11 people in a Jewish religious center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The gunman, Robert Bowers, said “all Jews must die” as he surrendered to police.
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