The news cycle has been busy covering the nine bombs which were sent through the mail and addressed to former presidents and other notable figures throughout the country. The bombs have been sent to California, Florida, Delaware, Washington D.C., and New York. While no information is yet known about the attacker or the motive, President Trump said the nation should use the incident as a moment of self-reflection and to begin to pursue paths of civility.
His petition for peace was criticized by former CIA Director, frequent Trump critic, and victim of the bomb scare John Brennan.
Rather than focus on the bomb scare or the president’s call for the nation to come together, CNN ran a segment politicizing the tragedy and instead promoted Brennan’s swipe at Trump.
Breitbart reports this did not sit well with former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik who walked off a CNN set amid his disgust.
From the report:
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Breitbart News Tonight Wednesday evening that he had walked off a CNN set earlier in the day because the network had politicized its coverage of mail bombs sent to top Democratic Party figures.
Kerik, who led the New York Police Department (NYPD) during the 9/11 terror attacks, told hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak that he had pulled out his microphone and earpiece and walked off the set minutes before a scheduled live panel discussion regarding the mail bombs.
Kerik’s experience with the country’s worst terrorist incident could have offered a unique perspective to the still-ongoing bombing incident: the mind of the assailant, potential next moves for law enforcement, a possible motive, or even how the country should respond.
“I was scheduled to be on CNN,” Kerik said during an interview with Breitbart. “We were supposed to talk about the investigation and seizure of these devices, and right in the beginning of the set, they suspended us and they went to John Brennan, who was somewhere speaking … and then he went on a 10-minute rant about the president.”
And, “As somebody that led through the worst terror attack in our country’s history, and knows how important unity is, especially on a day like today, in the aftermath of this, I just found it appalling that CNN would use this time to let this guy go on this political rant about the president, and I walked off. I took off the earpiece and the mic and I left. I can’t stand it. It just turns my stomach what these people are doing, and it’s wrong.”
“They should be focused on the investigation, focused on getting the information the FBI has to the public in case somebody knows something,” he continued. “Get the visuals out to the public if they’ve seen something. I just think it’s wrong.”
Kerik said CNN postured as if they are trying to help, but “they are more divisive than anything else I’ve heard.”
“It’s just wrong,” he added.
Pollak asked, “So they had you there to talk about the mail bombs, and you had to listen to a political rant by John Brennan, and they wanted you to address the politics, and you said you’re not doing that?”
Kerik replied, “They didn’t even get to that part because I didn’t wait for him to finish. I wasn’t going to stand there and listen to more of his rhetoric.
“Here’s the problem: pre-interview and right up until this guy began to talk, I listened to everybody on CNN talking about how disruptive and terrible it is for people to be uncivil.”
Kerik continuted, “Nobody talked about Maxine Waters. Nobody talked about Eric Holderencouraging people to engage in violence. Nobody talked about a U.S. congressman attacked and shot on a baseball field. You know what? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
“They make themselves out to be this group or this organization that’s trying to help when they are more divisive than anything else I’ve heard. It’s just wrong.”