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Maloney: Political disagreements have crossed a dangerous line

<p>Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is speaking out about his concerns after recent bomb scares.</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 25, 2018, 9:57 PM

Updated 2,091 days ago

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is speaking out about his concerns after recent bomb scares.
“It's not an exaggeration to say that this spate of political violence began in my own congressional district. It worries me very much,” he says.

Maloney said he is distressed by the series of suspicious packages sent to Democrats and others critical of President Trump.
The top-ranking Hudson Valley Democrat says it all started in Katonah, part of his 18th congressional District, when liberal billionaire George Soros received a package Monday.
“Our political disagreements have crossed over a very dangerous line into violence. And all of us have a responsibility to bring the temperature down,” he says.
Maloney did not blame Trump, but says the president has an obligation to reduce the rhetoric. He says the president has blazed a new trail on the things he's willing to say about his opponents.
Maloney says extra security has been added and is now in place for his home, as well as his D.C. and Newburgh offices.
Republican Orange County Legislator James O'Donnell, who is challenging Maloney for his congressional seat, says he is also concerned.

O'Donnell blames Maloney for helping to perpetuate that rhetoric, pointing to this summer when the congressman called Trump supporters an obscenity.

“He was the one who started the rhetoric when he was running for attorney general and trying to court New York City voters,” he says.

O'Donnell and Maloney both say the press is not to blame for helping instigate suspicious packages, as the president suggested in an early morning tweet.


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