The political world ground to a halt on Wednesday as reports came in that a series of “suspicious packages” that appeared to be pipe bombs were discovered by authorities en route to several prominent Democrats and Democrat supporters.
During a media briefing outside the CNN studios in New York City on Wednesday afternoon, Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo insinuated that he had been a recipient of a similar “suspicious package” as well, but it was soon determined that the “package” he’d received contained something quite different from a bomb.
“Device” was not a bomb
“As you have heard, there is a number of devices and there is a pattern apparently to the number of devices, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if more devices show up,” the governor said on Wednesday.
“A device has been sent to my office in Manhattan, which we were just informed about,” he added, with the obvious implication being that he had been targeted by a package bomb as well.
But it turned out that the “package” was little more than an envelope, and the “device” inside the envelope wasn’t a bomb at all, but merely a flash drive containing information about a right-leaning group that Cuomo has labeled as a “hate group.”
New York’s Pix 11 reported that an NYPD spokesperson explained: “The earlier suspicious package at Governor Cuomo’s office in midtown has been cleared by NYPD personnel. It was unrelated. And there was no device of any kind.”
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi later added in a statement: “A preliminary investigation on the package at Governor Cuomo’s office shows it is computer files on the hate group, The Proud Boys, who recently appeared in New York.”
The Proud Boys — who most certainly are not a “hate group,” as they explicitly disavow bigotry and racism — have come under intense fire from the left over the last year after they rose up as an ultra-pro-American and pro-Trump group in response to violent attacks by Antifa and other Trump-hating leftist outrage mobs.
Pro-America group under investigation
Still, the Proud Boys recently caught flak in New York — and are under investigation by the state police, at Cuomo’s order — after they engaged in a brawl with Antifa and other leftists who’d attacked and disrupted an event hosted by the Upper East Side’s Metropolitan Republican Club, which had invited Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes as a guest speaker.
Several members of the Proud Boys were arrested for their involvement in the violent brawl with Antifa leftists who attempted to silence the voice of McInnes and other Trump supporters in New York City, a goal that Cuomo doesn’t appear to be opposed to.
It remains unclear at this point exactly what sort of “information” about the Proud Boys and their members is contained on the flash drive, much less who compiled that information on the drive and sent it to Cuomo’s office, or how that information will be utilized going forward.
One thing that is certain, though, is that Cuomo will likely attempt to use anything he may have obtained for his own political benefit in this election year, just like he tried to latch on to the “package bomb” hysteria to garner some sympathy for his unpopular reelection campaign.