Warning: This report contains graphic language.
The content of a letter sent to Donald Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, on Monday along with a white powder has been revealed.
“You are an awful person. This is why people hate you. You are getting what you deserve. So shut the fuck up,” it said, according to a U.S. media report.
The letter’s postmark indicated it was sent from Boston. As of this report, police do not have a suspect.
Vanessa Trump is President Donald J. Trump’s daughter-in-law. She was taken to a local hospital to be checked after being decontaminated at her New York City apartment after opening the letter around 1000 hours Monday. [source]
Analysis: All presidents receive death threats but threatening a president’s extended family is rare — except in the age of Trump. Twice in 2016 envelopes/letters containing white powder were sent to Trump Tower; this incident marks the third one involving Trump and Trump family members that we know of in less than two years.
The president’s brusque style has given way to a new level of political rancor that, frankly, I’ve never seen in all my years of covering politics. The level of incivility shown towards him and his family is unprecedented and would never have been tolerated by so many in the political and media establishment were it directed towards former President Obama, for example. Don’t get me wrong, there was visceral opposition to Obama’s policies too, and once on the floor of the House, a Republican congressman shouted, “You lie!” when the president was discussing his health care reform proposal.
That seems relatively tame given what is happening to the Trumps; coupled with the massive amounts of violence at many of then-candidate Trump’s campaign rallies, there has been a dramatic shift in American political discourse.
Ordinarily, we could write off political differences as nothing more than that — differences of opinion between Americans and elected leaders regarding policy. But this time Trump’s opponents increasingly seem to want to do more than just disagree with him; they want to shout him down and, at times, inflict harm upon him. Or worse.
We have to find some way to dial back the anger and re-engage in political dialogue civilly or there is a real danger of violence in our future.