Whichever knucklehead decided this was a good way to demonstrate their displeasure with the President, his administration, his business, his family that runs his business, and/or all of the above: You’re NOT helping!!!!!!
Trump Jr.'s wife exposed to non-hazardous white powder: police https://t.co/6H3rNr2c3F
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 12, 2018
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Vanessa Trump, the wife of Donald Trump Jr., and two other people were taken to a New York hospital on Monday after she opened a piece of mail containing an unidentified white powder that was later determined to be non-hazardous, officials said.
“The substance had arrived by mail and it was addressed to Donald Trump Jr.,” said New York Police Department spokesman Carlos Nieves.
Vanessa Trump, the daughter-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, was hospitalized after she complained of nausea following her exposure, New York officials said.
Three patients from the household were transported to the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for further evaluation, said Fire Department spokeswoman Sophia Kim.
The three also included Vanessa Trump’s mother, though she had not complained of symptoms, the police spokesman said.
U.S. authorities have been on alert for mail with white powder in it since 2001, when envelopes laced with anthrax were sent to media outlets and U.S. lawmakers, killing five people.
This isn’t helping when it is sent to politicians of either party or to elites and notables. This doesn’t make the statement that the sender disagrees with policy, strategy, a political or social or religious or economic stance. It does make the statement that the sender is unhinged. And it makes it even harder for legitimate dissent and disagreement to be registered because the usual suspects will jump all over this, politicize it thoroughly, and then use it to denigrate those with legitimate disagreements who express them through legitimate means. When they track whoever did this down we’re likely to see what we usually see in these instances: someone loosely connected to both society (high level of anomie/strain) and loosely connected to reality. Someone who may have a legitimate grievance, or may believe they do (subjective grievance), but who has no ability to think through the ramifications and repercussions of their actions.
As is often the case when this type of issue comes up, the last word belongs to 18 U.S. Code § 2331:
(5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended—(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.