LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Democratic Party on Wednesday drew a line between the suspected explosive devices sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and others and what it called GOP “fear-mongering,” drawing a quick rebuke from the commonwealth’s Republican leadership.
“This kind of attack won’t be limited to national party leaders if the heated rhetoric continues at both the local and national level,” Kentucky Democratic chairman Ben Self said in a statement. “The Republican Party of Kentucky has fully embraced the fear mongering from the national party, and just this morning another inflammatory ad is on the air against Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District using fear tactics and racially charged imagery. It has to stop.”
Kentucky Republicans swiftly denounced the statement with one of their own.
“The Kentucky Democratic Party’s attempt to use an ongoing act of terrorism to score cheap political points is just plain offensive,” Mac Brown, chairman of the Kentucky Republican Party, said. “Chairman Self owes an apology to the members of law enforcement dealing with this serious situation, those who were targeted by this senseless attack and the voters of the Commonwealth for using a very real act of terror for his party’s political gain.”
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all have condemned the attempted attacks.