LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - After a mail-bomb plot targeting critics of President Donald Trump - and then yet another mass shooting - Americans are wondering if the latest spasm of violence might finally prompt some civility.
Both Democrats and Republicans going to the polls for early voting say the polarized political climate has grown toxic and dangerous.
Stanford University sociology professor Robb Willer says the splintering of society along party lines and the ascent of vitriolic campaigning merged to create a breeding ground for violence.
However, President Trump is accusing the media of being "the true Enemy of People" in the wake of both the mass shooting and mail bomb plot.
Trump tweeted Monday: "There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news." He added that the media "must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly."
The president's comments follow a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue and a mail bomb scare targeting Democrats and CNN. Federal authorities have arrested a Trump supporter in connection to the bombs sent last week to CNN, former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others the president routinely derides. Then Saturday, came a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue - an apparent hate crime.
The election season violence rattled a divided nation and prompted questions about whether Trump should tone done his rhetoric.
Trump condemned the Pittsburgh attack as an act of anti-Semitism and has denounced political violence. But he has continued to hold political rallies.