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Trump Jr. and his wife leave their apartment after terror scare

On Monday, Donald Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, opened a suspicious package that contained a white powder and a letter. The white powder which was eventually determined to be cornstarch and the letter was a threat against the president’s son.

Vanessa was transported to a local hospital as a precaution, but she was discharged hours later. For the first time since the incident, Trump Jr. and his wife have left their midtown Manhattan apartment with two of their children, Spencer and Chloe, surrounded by Secret Service agents.

Donald Trump Jr.’s Family Leave Apartment

Visiting her parents in Upper East Side New York, the former 40-year-old model received a letter that was directed towards Donald Jr., calling him “an awful person” who will “get what you deserve.” After opening the envelope and getting the powder on room, sources say that Vanessa felt nauseous and started to cough.

President Trump’s son issued a statement on Twitter hours after the event, calling the letter “disgusting.” The U.S. Secret Service confirmed that it was investigating the matter.

On Wednesday, for the first time since Monday’s traumatic experience, the Trump Jr. family left their Manhattan home. The couple was seen taking their children to school, according to The Daily Mail.

Vanessa was photographed wearing a black puffy coat, sporting aviator glasses to shield her eyes, and holding Chloe’s hand. Her husband was taking Spencer to school, wearing a gray suit.

Both were protected by a handful of Secret Service agents. The couple was then seen being escorted into a black SUV.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary, later confirmed to reporters that President Trump had spoken to his daughter, Ivanka, about the letter incident. Ivanka also issued a statement, wishing her brother and his family well.

In the aftermath of the scare, many recalled to the days following the September 11 terrorist attacks and the several letters containing lethal anthrax which was sent to officials’ offices and media outlets.

Families Should Never be Political Targets

At the end of the day, it is just politics. No matter one’s politics, there’s simply no reason to target the family of a politician.

Unsurprisingly, some Twitter users were celebrating the event and lambasting the Trump family. Quite a few even accused Donald Jr. of sending the powder to himself. One such accusation can be seen here:

Wives and children are not the ones determining policy or proposing legislation that one side or the other dislikes. They should be set aside from the vitriol and hatred that seems to be engulfing political discourse today.

Donald Jr. has made himself a public figure and likely understands that he will be the target of harsh criticism. His family, however, has in no way invited criticism, threats, or violence.

In this case, the substance inside the envelope Vanessa Trump opened was benign, but the family is undoubtedly frightened now, and will not be able to live normally.

A family should never be so afraid to go outside that they need to confine themselves to their homes. Hopefully, the Secret Service will be able to track down the sender and bring him or her in to be charged.

But this sort of attack will only become more likely unless the media cools its venomous coverage of President Trump and his family, and if liberals more generally stop depicting him as an authoritarian ruler. These caricatures are unfair, inaccurate, and as we now know, dangerous.