Sen. Kennedy: Trump Used 'Hot Rhetoric,' But So Did Hillary Clinton, Others on Left
Says 'all sides responsible' for political climate.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said on "America's Newsroom" that both sides are responsible for the worsening political climate in the country.
Reacting to the string of suspicious packages - some containing crude "potential explosive devices" - sent to prominent Democrats, Kennedy said President Trump has used "hot rhetoric" at his campaign rallies.
The FBI said Wednesday that it identified at least seven suspicious packages addressed to prominent Democratic figures over the last three days. Three more packages were discovered Thursday, bumping the total number to 10.
The intended recipients included Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Robert De Niro, Rep. Maxine Waters and former CIA Director John Brennan, who was sent a parcel at CNN's headquarters.
Kennedy lamented that the situation has gotten to this point.
"I'm sorry for America. ... We ought to dial it down a notch," he said, expressing confidence that the FBI will catch the person or persons responsible.
He then responded to Brennan, who called out Trump Thursday for using "inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence."
Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror. Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act....try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence. https://t.co/cS5qNiuU7o
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) October 25, 2018
"Does President Trump use hot political rhetoric? Yes, but Secretary Clinton - which is her right - said we shouldn't be civil to the Republican Party. ... I don't believe in this tit-for-tat. The rhetoric in this country is hot. All sides are responsible for it. Even under the best of circumstances, we ought to bring it down," he said.
Watch Sandra Smith's interview above.