Michael Moore releases chilling footage of mail-bomb suspect at a Donald Trump rally
Cesar Sayoc, 56, is accused of sending 14 pipe bombs in the mail to prominent Democratic figures, including the Clintons, the Obamas, Joe Biden, billionaire George Soros and actor Robert De Niro. President Trump frequently attacks these figures at his rallies, and on social media, so you will not be surprised to learn that Sayoc was a passionate Trump supporter.
As authorities towed away the suspect's white van, the wind blew off the tarp, revealing the vehicle to be covered with images of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The political stickers also contained disturbing images of liberal figures, like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, with red targets or crosshairs over their faces. On social media, Sayoc was dubbed the "MAGA-bomber."
On Sunday, Michael Moore released a chilling video of the mail-bomb suspect at a Donald Trump rally. The footage is an outtake from his documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, in which the filmmaker travels around the country, exploring the impact of Trump's victory. In February 2017, one month after the presidential inauguration, Moore visited a "Trump 2020" rally in Melbourne, Florida. He instructed his crew not to film Trump, but "our fellow Americans, lost souls full of anger and possible violence, easily fed a pile of lies so large and toxic that we wondered if there would ever be a chance that we could bring them back from the Dark Side."
In the raw, unedited footage, a crowd of zealous Trump supporters chant "CNN sucks!" and "Tell the truth!" (The television network is frequently derided by Trump because he finds their coverage too negative; apparently, all critical stories about his administration are 'fake news.') Syoac can be spotted in the video at 0:42, 1:34, 1:44 and 3:15. He wears a sleeveless shirt with a collage of pro-Trump images, similar to his van, and holds a sign reading "CNN Sucks," among other disparaging slogans. About twenty months later, CNN's New York offices were the target of two pipe bombs.
"You’ve seen the photos of him on the news over the past couple days — a slight, normal, everyday American," Moore wrote on Instagram. "But those are from before. Here with our footage I can show you what he had actually become — overdosed on steroids in what looks like some desperate attempt to hang on to what was left of his manhood."
Soyac appeared to wholeheartedly embrace Trump's fiery political rhetoric, but the president told reporters he should not bear any responsibility. "There’s no blame, there’s no anything," said Trump. "I think I’ve been toned down [my language], if you want to know the truth." When asked about the adoring pro-Trump decals on Soyac's van, which display his face, he said, "I did not see my face on the van. I don’t know, I heard he was a person who preferred me over others." He went on to complain that the "bomb stuff" may have interfered with Republican momentum in the midterm elections.
Soyac will stand trial for five federal crimes and faces up to 48 years in prison.