At least 12 pipe-bombs were sent to the homes of prominent
political and media figures. Law enforcement apprehended a man in connection to
this act of terrorism earlier this morning.
Congressman Cook released the following statement after the arrest:
“This is a very precarious time in our nation’s history. In the past several
years, we’ve seen an alarming increase in politically-motivated acts of
violence. Whether physical intimidation of elected officials, a shooter opening
fire on members of Congress on a baseball field, or, in this case, an attempted
mail bombing campaign, these acts are despicable and must be condemned in the
“I’m grateful none of the mail bomb devices detonated and that no one was injured.
I commend the swift work of local, state, and national law enforcement in
apprehending the suspect quickly.
“Let me be crystal clear: all
politicians must condemn all acts of political violence. Only America’s enemies
benefit from our acts of self-destruction. Furthermore, all politicians must
turn away from speech and imagery meant to incite violence, hatred, and
unnecessary division. We have a duty to heal the wounds of our society.
“Our American allegiance,
not our politics, must come first. We must return to the values and ideas of
community and cooperation that made us the greatest nation on earth.”