In Robert de Niro first statement since a pipe bomb was sent to his office in Manhattan— the Oscar-winning actor refocused his followers on the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6.
“There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!” he said in a statement to PEOPLE.
He also addressed the scare — saying, “I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us.”
A suspicious package addressed to De Niro was removed by the New York City Police Department bomb squad on Thursday.
The address where the package was found, 375 Greenwich St., houses De Niro’s production company Tribeca Enterprises and restaurant Tribeca Grill, CNN reported. A report about the suspicious package was called in at 5:00 a.m. local time, and authorities removed the package via the NYPD bomb truck at 6:30 a.m.
An NYPD rep told PEOPLE that the package was similar to the other suspicious packages, its return address listed as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and six American flag stamps placed on the manilla envelope.
As news of the bombs unfolded, President Trump stood strong, condemning their terror.
“I just want to tell you that in these times we have to unify,” he said during an opioids event at the White House. “We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
“This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans,” Trump continued. “We are extremely angry [and]upset… We will get to the bottom of it.”
But Trump blamed the media for the surge of potentially dangerous mailings — saying the press was at fault for creating divisions in American society.
“A very big part of the anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the mainstream media that I refer to as fake news,” he tweeted. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream media must clean up its act, fast!”