Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said in interviews on Wednesday that "all sides" were to blame for the bombs and suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats and media organizations such as former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and CNN headquarters in New York City.
During an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Flake told viewers that he felt President Donald Trump should stop calling the media the "enemy of the people."
"The overheated rhetoric has gone too far. We've seen it for [the past] couple of years. Those of us who were on that ball field where somebody had the list of Republicans in his pocket that he wanted to target. We're seeing it here where people on the other side of the spectrum are being targeted. We've seen it on all sides and everyone needs to cool it down," Flake said.
He added, "Words matter, particularly when they're spoken by those at the top of government. What the president says matters. If he were to take a more civil tone, it would make a difference. It would help."
"We [should] treat our opponents as political opponents rather than enemies, that will make a difference. The president shouldn't refer to the press as the enemy of the people," he concluded.