The American presidential race doesn’t need any more controversy, but it got that and plenty more when a threatening letter was sent to republican candidate Donald Trump’s son. The letter reportedly contained a suspicious white powder, which has now proven to be harmless.
The story was confirmed by the New York Police Department (NYPD), who said they responded to a call from 100 Central Park South on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at 7:15 p.m. last night. That is the known residence of Donald Trump’s 32-year-old son, Eric Trump, who occupies one of the building’s apartments.
Eric’s wife Lara was the one who opened the letter. Upon doing so, a white powder is said to have dropped out with the written contents of the letter stating, “If your father does not drop out of the race, the next envelop won’t be fake,” implying impending harm to Trump’s kids and grandkids. The letter was postmarked from Boston and signed only with the letter “X.”
The NYPD, FBI, and the Secret Service are all taking part in the investigation to find out who sent the letter in which Donald Trump’s grandkids were threatened along with the rest of his family. Secret Service protection is only extended to Trump as a presidential candidate, but it is reported that the Trump family was given tips on how to safely handle all mail in the future. The postal service is also taking part in this investigation.
Trump’s other residencies were also checked by investigators as a precaution. This includes Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
The entire Trump campaign has been filled with controversy from the very moment he announced his bid for presidency. Though some initially dismissed his claims as a joke, his rise to the top of the Republican polls has shown his claim for presidency is in fact stronger than any other Republican candidate at the moment.
But Trump’s ascension has not come without problems. He has been criticized heavily for some of his claims about Muslims and immigration. Of the former he said that Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S. This was after a December 2015 terrorist attack in California killed 14 people in an office and was reported to be tied to terrorists.
Earlier in his campaign, the outspoken billionaire accused Mexico of sending its rapists and drug smugglers to the U.S. and suggested building a wall on the U.S/Mexico border to keep immigrants out. Both of those comments were met with harsh criticisms, even from those within his own Republican party.
Piers Morgan, the popular CNN host and friend and supporter of Donald Trump, denounced Trump’s statements towards Muslims saying that they are “inflammatory,” and “play right into the ISIS hands” who wants to divide the Muslim world from everybody else. Morgan also said Trump is dividing “American from America.”
U.S Leader of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan said of Trump’s remarked that this is “not what this party stands for, and more importantly, it is not what this country stands for.” Ryan’s dismissal of Trump’s rhetoric was even more important due to the fact that he made an exception in commenting on a presidential campaign.
More Trouble In Future?
While none of what Donald Trump says is reason enough to physically attack him or his family, this incident is reflective of the tension that has gone on for the duration of the Trump campaign. Just last week in Chicago, Trump had to cancel his rally due to left-wing protesters who ended up clashing with Trump supporters.
No one was fatally hurt in the Chicago protest, luckily. And as of today, there have been no reports of anyone from the Trump family being hurt as a result of the letter being mailed to his son. Since it doesn’t look like Trump plans to drop out of this race any time soon, we can only hope that the campaign continues in a safer manner with American citizens using their right to vote to as their most powerful form of action.