Headline RoundupFebruary 27th, 2024

White Powder, Death Threat Sent to Donald Trump Jr.

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. received an envelope containing a white powder substance and a death threat at his home in Jupiter, Florida.

Key Details: Firefighters and a hazmat unit arrived to investigate after Trump Jr. opened the envelope, reportedly causing the white powder to fly out. Initial tests to identify the substance were inconclusive, but it wasn't believed to be deadly.

Key Quote: “It’s just become a little bit too commonplace that this sort of stuff happens,” Trump Jr. said. “Clearly, if this happened to a prominent Democrat it wouldn’t be tolerated and would drive news coverage for weeks. The media would blame all Republicans and force them to answer for it, But since it’s me, radical haters on the left will largely get a free pass and the media will barely flinch.” 

For Context: This is the second time Trump Jr. has received an envelope containing an unknown white powder. The first time was in February 2018, and a Massachusetts man was later sentenced for sending white powder and threatening letters to Trump Jr. and other high-profile individuals.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum covered the story prominently on Tuesday, with many including Trump Jr.'s statement.

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