Pipe bombs latest: FBI hunts for sender after high-profile Democrats targeted – live

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  • 10 suspected or confirmed mail bombs have been sent in five states
  • Sarah Sanders backs Trump’s media attack: ‘There is a negative tone’

As the Guardian and others have variously noted, within hours of the news breaking yesterday of explosive devices directed at the Obamas, the Clintons and others, theories were flying online that the bombs were a hoax perpetrated by liberals upon liberals as a smear exercise as the election cycle reaches crescendo. And yesterday evening one Republican political rally attendee was sporting a sign saying: “Democrats fake news fake bombs”.

DeSantis supporters carrying signs that say “fake news, fake bombs” outside tonight’s debate. #flgov #flapol pic.twitter.com/XDHpqkraEX

Gingrich, who was speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999, himself gained a reputation as one of the most divisive politicians in a generation. The Republican further claimed at the event on Thursday, according to Axios, that the upsettingly toxic political climate is “everyone’s fault” but pointed to a “tribalization” of cable news (shorthand for Fox v CNN and MSNBC). When asked why the right jumped to conspiracy theories almost immediately after news of the bombs broke, he said: “Because it’s October.” That is: less than two weeks to go before election day.

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