Trump fanatic Cesar Sayoc was arrested in October of 2018 after sending pipe bombs to well-known Democrats, politicians and reporters critical to the president. After pleading guilty to 65 counts, the domestic terrorist is now attempting to explain what his thought process was.
Sayoc sent a letter to the Southern District of New York and referenced the Trump rallies that became such an important part of his life. According to the former pizza delivery man, the rallies were “like a drug.”
He wrote in the letter, “The first thing you here (sic) entering Trump rally is we are not going to take it anymore, the forgotten ones, etc. You met people from all walks life … color etc. It was fun, it became like a new found drug.”
In addition to the drug-like euphoria he felt from the rallies, Sayoc was also doing actual narcotics. He explained, “I[t] was the most scared time in my life. … Plus I was using heavy amounts of steroids, 274 different supplement and vitamins … I lost my head, steroids altered my growing anger. I made a bad choice taking them to help, I lost control of myself and mental state from them.”
Sayoc underwent a psychological evaluation shortly after being arrested.
Despite the amount of work and research he put into the bombs, Sayoc says he never meant the targets any harm. He wrote to the Judge, “The intention was to only intimidate & scare.”
Sayoc will be sentenced by the Southern District of New York in September of 2019. The Florida man faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
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