A word to any crackpot out there who thinks it’s possible to send bombs or other threats through the mail: YOU WILL BE FOUND, and it probably won’t take long. We received word Friday morning that someone has already been located near Miami and arrested for mailing crude bombs (none of which detonated) to prominent Democrats. Wow, that happened fast! According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, he was identified at the FBI Crime Lab through DNA, along with a latent fingerprint on an envelope sent to California Rep. Maxine Waters.
Now THIS is the kind of thing we love the FBI for, and we join President Trump in condemning the violence and thanking law enforcement at all levels for their dedicated effort and expertise. Of course, we don’t yet know whether or not this man was working alone or if there are other packages still in transit.
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The man has been identified as 56-year-old Cesar Altier Sayoc, a character who was already well known by law enforcement officials in the area of Florida in which he lives. They’ve had repeated run-ins with him through the years for mostly petty crimes, and he reportedly made bomb threats as far back as 2002. Unlike most of the “journalists” in the “news” media –- who are already calling this guy “the MAGA Bomber” (sigh) –- we’re not going to jump to any conclusions about his motive.
He's a bodybuilder and has reportedly worked as a club dancer. According to social media posts, he is Native American and claims to be a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. But according to his LinkedIn profile, he is Filipino. Curiously, one of the lawyers who’ve represented him in the past has said that Sayoc was just the nicest person, someone who treated his attorneys with respect and courtesy, was a total gentleman, and (especially surprising) never talked politics at all.
Yet a shiny white van that was parked at his home (actually, it may be his mother's home) and has been taken into custody is covered with a dense, artfully-arranged mosaic of propagandistic signs and stickers and is being treated like crime scene evidence. It has been dubbed (sigh) “the Trumpmobile.” The driver certainly wasn’t trying to remain inconspicuous, so the question has to be asked: Was this man trying to get caught? Or was he just obsessive? We don’t know --- he may simply be one of those eccentric hyper-political nuts who feel compelled to turn their cars into rolling billboards. We’ve all seen rusty old cars still covered with assorted wheezy messages from faded bumper stickers: “Save The Whales,” “CHOICE,” “Carter/Mondale” –- and never assumed the drivers of those cars were dangerous (except in the voting booth, of course).
But if this man was trying to get caught, and if his actions were a “false flag” that was really intended to help Democrats (one popular theory, but WE DON’T KNOW), so far he’s done everything incredibly right. What a gift to Democrats, intended or not. Without this story, disturbing visuals of thousands of people from Central America trudging in a seemingly unending “caravan” to our border would be center stage, right up to election day. With this story, we instead get mug shots of a violent “Trump supporter” and non-stop Trump-blaming, right up to election day. Also, there have been reports –- still unconfirmed, I believe –- that Sayoc is or was a member of the Green Party, which would certainly seem incongruous with being a Trump supporter.
On the other hand, he posted to Facebook some pictures and videos of his smiling self at a Trump rally in 2016. Realistically, though, would anyone but a total nutcase think that doing something like this was going to help President Trump and those Republican candidates facing election in just over a week?
Incidentally, CNN has reported that because the first of the packages (which now total 14) arrived in New York City, Sayoc will face prosecution in the U.S. Southern District of New York. The prosecutors there are no doubt chomping at the bit. (That’s the district court that was handed cases “spun off” from Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump.) According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he is being charged with five federal crimes: interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former Presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications, and assaulting current and former federal officers and could face up to 48 years in prison. These charges may “change and expand” as the investigation proceeds.
So, again, the message to anyone similarly inclined to commit violent political acts, whatever your motivation and intent: This will not be tolerated by the Trump administration. You will be found, and quickly.