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Attorney: pipe bomber was inspired by Trump’s racist rhetoric

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Cesar Altieri Sayoc

Trump’s verbal attacks also put Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in danager

Cesar Sayoc, Jr., who the FBI arrested in 2018 for mailing pipe bombs to former President Barack Obama and other black elected officials, was inspired to do harm by President Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric against his political opponents, his court-appointed attorneys argued..

The FBI intercepted the pipe bombs before they exploded and someone was either injured or killed. The FBI said the bombs were not assembled properly and would not have detonated.

Trump’s verbal attacks against four Congresswomen —- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.,New York), Ilhan Omar (D.,Minnesota), Rashida Tlaib (D., Michigan) and Ayanna Pressley (D., Massachusetts) —- have concerned many who feel that he has put the women’s lives in danger.

Trump claimed the women didn’t love American and they should go to where they came from. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were born in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia but she became at naturalized U.S. citizen when she was 17 years old. But that did not prevent Trump’s supporters from chanting, “Send her back.”

Gretna, Louisiana police yesterday fired Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the police department after he wrote on Facebook Ocasio-Cortez needed to be shop.  Angelo Varisco, another Gretna police officer, was fired after he liked the Facebook post.

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez

Sayoc mailed the pipe bombs to President Obama, U.S. Senator Cory Booker,  (D., New Jersey),  U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D., California), U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D., California) and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Harris and Booker are seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

He also mailed pipe bombs to actor Robert DeNiro, former Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton, and CNN.

Known as the “MAGA (Make America Great Again) Bomber,” Sayoc, 57, believed he was personally supporting Trump, his attorney said. He faces life in prison. MAGA members wear red baseball caps.

 

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