Rep. Cook Condemns Political Violence, Attempted Terrorist Mail Bombings

By on October 30, 2018
Rep. Paul Cook

Congressman Paul Cook (R-8th District-Yucca Valley) has released a statement condemning the recent terrorist attempt by a man who allegedly sent at least 14 pipe-bombs to homes of prominent political figures as well as Cable News Network (CNN) television channel owned by Turner Broadcasting System, a division of AT&T’s WarnerMedia.

“This is a very precarious time in our nation’s history,” said Rep. Cook. “In the past several years, we’ve seen an alarming increase in politically-motivated acts of violence. Whether physical intimidation of elected officials, a shooter opening fire on members of Congress on a baseball field, or, in this case, an attempted mail bombing campaign, these acts are despicable and must be condemned in the strongest terms.”

Although law enforcement personnel have apprehended a man in connection to the pipe-bombing campaign yet another suspected pipe-bomb, similar to the ones last week, was discovered yesterday morning. The package addressed to CNN’s worldwide headquarters in Atlanta, was intercepted; this was the third pipe-bomb sent to CNN in the last week. The FBI has indicated that this most recent package was “similar in appearance” to the last week’s intercepted pipe bombs and that this newest package bore the same markings and stamps as the others.

Rep. Cook has also stated that, “I’m grateful none of the mail bomb devices detonated and that no one was injured. I commend the swift work of local, state, and national law enforcement in apprehending the suspect quickly.

“Let me be crystal clear: all politicians must condemn all acts of political violence. Only America’s enemies benefit from our acts of self-destruction. Furthermore, all politicians must turn away from speech and imagery meant to incite violence, hatred, and unnecessary division. We have a duty to heal the wounds of our society.

“Our American allegiance, not our politics, must come first. We must return to the values and ideas of community and cooperation that made us the greatest nation on earth.”

Rep. Cook is Yucaipa’s U.S. Congressman and he maintains a district office in Yucaipa at 34282 Yucaipa Blvd. in Yucaipa. The phone number is: 909-797-4900. Please call for the hours of availability before visiting the Yucaipa office.

Rep. Cook is currently a member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees. He served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. with the rank of Colonel. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.