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'Un-American': New England Lawmakers React After Apparent Explosives Sent to Public Figures

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    'Un-American': New England Lawmakers React After Apparent Explosives Sent to Public Figures
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    New England lawmakers are reacting after a series of apparent explosives were sent to national leaders and public figures up and down the East Coast.

    NBC News has confirmed the suspicious packages were sent or addressed to numerous public officials, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA Director John Brennan. Sources also tell NBC News the devices appear to be linked to a similar device that was sent to billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

    Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police and Cambridge Police all said there are no credible threats to Massachusetts, Boston or Cambridge at this time.

    MASSACHUSETTS

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    Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren condemned the threats targeting leaders and public figures, which also included Democratic congresswomen Maxine Waters and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    "Violence against private citizens, public officials and media organizations has no place in our democracy," Warren tweeted out Wednesday. "I am thankful for the bold and swift action of law enforcement to ensure no one was hurt."

    U.S. Sen. Ed Markey also condemned the threats on social media.

    "Whoever is responsible for sending these bombs and fostering violence must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he said.

    "Gutless attempts at inflicting terror will not stop our elected officials or free press from doing their job to defend our democracy," Congressman Seth Moulton tweeted.

    "Hatred and violence against political adversaries and the free press defy what it means to be American," added Congressman Joseph Kennedy III on Twitter. "Grateful injuries and casualties were avoided today. Hopeful this reminds us all that words of incitement in our political discourse are not harmless."

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    MAINE

    Although U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was not a recipient of a suspicious package on Wednesday, Congressman Bruce Poliquin alluded to recent threatsmade againsthe Republican lawmaker since her vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in his statement.

    "These kinds of threats against Senator Susan Collins and others is absolutely unacceptable and has no place in our politics or discourse. Those who do these things or threaten others should be held accountable," he said.

    Poliquin also added he has also had to involve Capitol Police in the past after receiving personal threats.

    "We can disagree, but we should always treat one another with respect," he tweeted.

    VERMONT

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    U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders called Wednesday's threats "gravely disturbing," adding, "While many more details will come to light, these deeply un-American acts of violence have no place in our democracy."

    "In this country we battle with words and ideas, not fists and bombs," he tweeted. "Acts of violence, appeals to violence and condoning violence have no place in American society."

    Congressman Peter Welch called the incidents "deeply troubling" and said they serve as a reminder to all to "conduct our political discourse civilly and be respectful of those with whom we disagree."

    CONNECTICUT

    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called the suspicious packages "terrorist attacks."

    "Prosecution & punishment must hold the perpetrators accountable. Throw the book at whoever made these bombs," he tweeted.

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    In a tweet, Congressman Joe Courtney said he was thankful for the swift actions of law enforcement and U.S. Secret Service agents.

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