Congressman Al Green's Statement on Bomb Threats

Oct 24, 2018

(Houston, TX) - On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Congressman Al Green released the following statement regarding the suspicious packages discovered this week:

“Today, our country is in a state of alarming apprehension as we learn of the suspicious packages sent to Mr. George Soros, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President and First Lady Obama, John Brennan at the CNN New York headquarters, former Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43). To say that these are collective coincidences defies logic. This is an assault on our democracy, an attack on our free press, and, most obviously, a threat to our safety. We have no way of knowing who may next receive one of these suspicious packages. We have no way of knowing whether these suspicious packages will be intercepted and properly handled before they reach the hands of the intended or if they will be detonated en route and cause harm to an innocent person regardless of their views. 

“Each of the recipients of these suspicious packages has been the brunt of President Trump’s incendiary rhetoric. While he may see his statements as mere words, they are capable of inciting injurious actions. As America’s Commander in Chief, his words may be internalized by many as a call to action. 

“Mr. President, you set the tone and tenor for our nation. If you continue to use dog whistle politics, someone will suffer more than apprehension.”