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A ticking time bomb? Trump critics tie bomb scare to violent rhetoric

Ten suspicious packages and counting. Less than two weeks before the US midterm elections, the manhunt is on after the mailing of explosive devices to a whole host of prominent Democrats and Trump critics, everyone from the Clintons and the Obamas to actor Robert De Niro. The president himself is putting "the full weight of the government" behind the investigation, vowing to spare no resource and calling for national unity.

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But later in the day, there were chants of "lock her up" during the warm-up to a Trump campaign rally in Wisconsin. His supporters seem unfazed by the news Hillary Clinton was one of the intended targets of those pipe bombs. Trump would later quip "look how nice I'm behaving", a nod to critics who feel his often brutal rhetoric can incite to violence.

This Thursday on Twitter, Trump laid the blame elsewhere: "A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!"

What to make of this case? What to make of political discourse in the homestretch of Donald Trump's first electoral test since he stunned the world with his win in 2016? Is the US president's rhetoric a ticking time bomb?

Produced by Charles WENTE, Laure FOURQUET and James VASINA

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