This week, there’s been a string of dangerous incidents involving bombs being sent to several celebrities and political figures under Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s name. A package was sent to the Obamas, the Clintons and even Robert de Niro, but Wasserman-Schultz was also a secondary target of the perpetrator that sent the suspicious packages, and she explains that she’s still shaken by the incident.
A package sent to former Attorney General Eric Holder was sent to the wrong address, so the package was redirected to Wasserman-Schultz’s home.
In a statement, she explained that “We will not be intimidated by this attempted act of violence. This appalling attack on our democracy must be vigorously prosecuted, and I am deeply disturbed by the way my name was used.”
In a statement written on Wednesday, Representative Wasserman-Schultz added that “Today, my staff and I will hug each other and our loved ones tightly, and tomorrow get back to work serving the people I was elected to represent.”
In addition, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released a written statement, saying that “This kind of targeted hate and violence has no place in our country and will not be tolerated. This isn’t about politics, this is about national security and our number one concern is the safety of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz and first responders called to these scenes. Unfortunately, we have seen some candidates for office use highly divisive and toxic rhetoric during this cycle. Today’s greatly disturbing events are a reminder that everyone needs to tone it down in the last two weeks and focus on the issues. That’s the type of campaign Floridians deserve.”
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have condemned the act. And, all of the bombs were intercepted before anyone was injured.
The investigation still continues to find the perpetrator and the motive.