Beginning with an explosive device sent to financier and Democratic donor George Soros, multiple additional bomb threats were identified. The later bombs and suspicious packages also targeted Democratic leaders or critics of President Donald Trump.
Law enforcement verified bomb threats against former President Barack Obama, presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, California Representative Maxine Waters, Representative and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and CNN broadcasting in New York City.
Those watching CNN's live broadcast heard alarms going off and personnel being evacuated from the building.
Here's the moment CNN had to handoff to DC and evacuate Time Warner Center in New York https://t.co/TUtnWrss9z— Josh Billinson (@Josh Billinson) 1540390878.0
And here's Rene Marsh on the air in DC after the commercial break while Time Warner Center was being evacuated https://t.co/H25XPXPRx0— Josh Billinson (@Josh Billinson) 1540391317.0
Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto now back on CNN live from their cellphones while evacuating and being moved further aw… https://t.co/VlCjmZKOum— Josh Billinson (@Josh Billinson) 1540391711.0
Given the targets, many point to the GOP and Trump administration as inciting violence among their supporters. CNN is a frequent target for President Trump and members of the GOP referenced Soros as financing any protests against Trump or their policies.
During his Make America Great Again rallies, Trump still leads chants of "lock her up" against private citizen, Hillary Clinton. He also attacks Obama and other Democratic leaders in his rallies and his Twitter feed.
But one of Trump's fervent supporters, conservative pundit Candace Owens, tried to engage in victim blaming on Twitter Wednesday to deflect criticism from Trump. Wednesday afternoon, Owens tweeted:
I’m going to go ahead and state that there is a 0% chance that these 'suspicious packages' were sent out by conservatives. The only thing 'suspicious' about these packages, is their timing. Caravans, fake bomb threats—these leftists are going ALL OUT for midterms.
While Owens is not the only conservative floating conspiracy theories and further targeting the victims with their allegations, people showed no tolerance for her ploy.
@RealCandaceO Wow. A former president, First Lady, Holocaust survivor & many journalists could have DIED today & th… https://t.co/So2yryQicx— tara strong (@tara strong) 1540407177.0
@tarastrong @RealCandaceO And countless postal workers who handled them.— auntie loca (@auntie loca) 1540409427.0
@RealCandaceO @again_censored Does hanging around Charlie Kirk make you an expert in suspicious packages?— AltSpaceForce 🚀🇺🇸 (@AltSpaceForce 🚀🇺🇸) 1540407513.0
@RealCandaceO Girl shut up— Erin 🦃 Ryan (@Erin 🦃 Ryan) 1540407716.0
@morninggloria @RealCandaceO Now that’s a new level of crazy, shamelessness, and deceit. You need to take a breath… https://t.co/zqWdGeWgPX— KnitLeft (@KnitLeft) 1540411019.0
@RealCandaceO Well, since you live an entirely fact-free existence, you go right on ahead and state whatever you wa… https://t.co/Me1h7Zywr7— Repressing Nothing Any Longer (@Repressing Nothing Any Longer) 1540410148.0
@RealCandaceO https://t.co/8l5wFViEI3— Repressing Nothing Any Longer (@Repressing Nothing Any Longer) 1540410160.0
@RealCandaceO "All the confirmed bombs appeared to come from the same person or persons, said John Miller, the New… https://t.co/B5pfu7VnmY— Repressing Nothing Any Longer (@Repressing Nothing Any Longer) 1540410198.0
@RealCandaceO Oh BS Strange isn’t it that illegal immigration was at a 40 yr low under Obama, but now just before… https://t.co/eVHe5dL8zV— Didi (@Didi) 1540408988.0
@vanjimbo @RealCandaceO https://t.co/CzH7mTu72w— 🄻🅄🄼🄰🅁🄸🄰🇵🇷 (@🄻🅄🄼🄰🅁🄸🄰🇵🇷) 1540412182.0
People also called out Owens over her comments about the Honduran migrant caravan.
Owens' logic and reasoning skills came into question.
@RealCandaceO Real Talk: Can you explain how a migrant caravan would be of any benefit to the left? I'm really inte… https://t.co/KcTLspQLaV— El Thunder Beasto (@El Thunder Beasto) 1540406967.0
@va1iant_th0r @RealCandaceO That caravan will take about 4 months to get to the US. IF it gets here at all- many d… https://t.co/MuvjXP72WT— no one you know (@no one you know) 1540409297.0
@evelynferry @va1iant_th0r @RealCandaceO They do this caravan almost every year, very, very few are granted asylum.… https://t.co/YBUFIS1b83— bex 🇵🇷 (@bex 🇵🇷) 1540409601.0
People expressed their anger over Owens' choice of statements and victim blaming.
@RealCandaceO No retweets, attention and money can be worth what you do.— Coretta (@Coretta) 1540410322.0
@elegantcoretta @RealCandaceO Girl I hope the ancestors beat her ass in her sleep! Ain't no way I would be black an… https://t.co/nWny5xrlpE— Liz Dixon#resistance (@Liz Dixon#resistance) 1540414056.0
The White House vowed to conduct a full investigation into the bomb threats.