To say that the time since Donald Trump won the election has been marked by volatility would be an understatement.
The saga of the Trump era of American national politics took a new and dramatic turn this Monday when it was reported that Vanessa Trump, wife of Donald Trump Jr., had been taken to the hospital as a precautionary move after opening a letter sent to her family that contained “white powder” and subsequently feeling ill.
According to ABC News, “she and two others were decontaminated by firefighters at the scene.” The outlet added that “Police and Secret Service are investigating.”
The New York Daily News reports as follows:
‘Sources said authorities were called at about 10 a.m. to the E. 54th St., home of Vanessa Trump’s mother, who was also taken to the hospital for observation. The mother had handled the package before handing it to her daughter. A third person was also taken to the hospital.’
The Associated Press states that a police spokesperson says “Vanessa Trump called 911 Monday morning after opening a letter addressed to Donald Trump Jr. at their midtown Manhattan apartment.”
Word is not immediately available as to whether or not police have any idea where the letter came from or what the exact nature of the powder was, although a police spokesperson told the Associated Press that a “preliminary test of the powder indicated it wasn’t dangerous.” Cases such as this one are, of course, sometimes notoriously difficult to solve.
There has not, as of about mid-Monday afternoon, been any apparent comment on the matter from any of the Trumps themselves.
Throughout Donald’s rise to power, there have been occasional threats to his physical safety, such as the time a protester rushed the stage where he was speaking in Ohio.
There was also an incident at a rally in Nevada when there were reports of a gun in the crowd that proved to be unfounded.
Prominent left wing Twitter user Ed Krassenstein spoke no doubt for many when he said:
‘Best wishes to Donald Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa after she’s been hospitalized following receiving a suspicious letter containing white powder. As much as I hate Donny Jr., threats like this are not anywhere near warranted & no child should have to see their parents threatened.’
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