Cesar Sayoc, 56, faces 48 years in prison for the charges, officials said.
In my last posting in this blog, I suggested that the recent spate of mail-bombs looked suspiciously like a false-flag operation by left-wing operatives.
Well, alternatively, it could just be one whacked-out nut-job with a bad attitude and a rap sheet as long as my arm!
I hasten to note that I left myself an “out” by including the caveat, “unless the perpetrator is, in fact, certifiably insane.” It appears well that I did so: within hours after I’d posted my last, law enforcement officials arrested and took into custody a suspect – one should probably say “the” suspect, as they are quite sure they “caught the right guy” – in the mailings. The individual, Cesar Sayoc, 56, appears to be vigorously pro-Trump and anti-Democrat, and as I say a repeat offender:
“Court documents obtained by ABC News show that Sayoc has a long history of criminal charges, including at least eight arrests in Florida alone, ranging from giving false information to get a refund to grand theft auto.”
He was also no stranger to explosive threats, though it remains open to question whether his devices would actually explode. He was arrested in 2002 for
“threatening to discharge a destructive device after he allegedly called Florida Power & Light and ‘threatened to blow up’ the power utility company, allegedly saying ‘it would be worse than September 11,’ the arrest record states. He pleaded guilty and was ultimately sentenced to probation, according to court documents.”
But that’s not all: “Court documents also show that, in 2014, Sayoc worked as a ‘road manager for a variety of traveling male revue [strip] shows,'” though (perhaps mercifully) no specifics are given. He has also claimed affiliation with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, a claim vigorously disputed by the Tribe (he actually appears to be of Filipino heritage [update: half-Filipino, half-Italian], and born in Brooklyn, although he attended high school in Florida), and has employed a host of pseudonyms, including Cesar Altieri, Caesar Altieri, Caesar Altieri Sayoc, Ceasar Altieri Randazzo (Facebook) and Julus Cesar Milan (Twitter).
This fellow appears to be quite a piece of work! If he’s not, in fact, certifiably insane, he appears to have a grip on reality that is tenuous, at best. The Miami Herald story linked above notes,
“Ron Lowy, a Miami attorney, represented Sayoc when he was charged with threatening to bomb Florida Power & Light over a pricey electric bill in 2002. Lowy said his former client is a misfit who created a ‘fantasy’ identity in order to feel like he belonged.”
There are basically only two reasons I can fathom for committing an act like this one: cold political calculus, as in the “false-flag” theory, or mental imbalance. It appears that in this case, the second option was to blame.
Democrats will undoubtedly have a field day with the fact that the alleged perpetrator was, in fact, a Trump supporter; but the President can hardly be expected to control who supports him and why, much less their actions.
And claims that Trump’s “rhetoric” is to blame ring rather hollow when one thinks of the shenanigans of the left-wing’s so-called “Resistance,” or figures like Senator Maxine Waters (one of the targets of the mail bomber), who called upon Democrats to harass and aggressively confront Trump officials and supporters, and their families, not only in public but even at their own houses – or Hillary Clinton, who two years ago called Trump’s supporters “a basket of deplorables,” and more recently said that if Democrats “win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”
While two wrongs absolutely don’t make a right, I hope that before Democrats get too far up on their moral high-horse over this incident – in which despite the chaos and panic no one has been physically harmed – they remember that the individual who shot and critically wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and shot four other individuals (including a congressional staffer and two Capitol Police special agents) during a Republican congressional baseball team practice last June was a supporter of former Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
And then, of course, there’s this: Utah man charged with ricin mail threat against Trump, Mattis. Don’t expect to see much coverage of this one…
Update – Sunday, 10/28/2018: This just came across my news-feed. A good example of why it’s wise to not jump to conclusions before all the evidence is in:
Does this meme reflect reality? Good question. There is a lot that is confused right now, which is not surprising in a case like this. One thing that is known is that he registered as a Republican in Florida… in 2016. His party affiliation, if any, prior to that is something I have not been able to pin down; in fact, he may not have had one.
It does appear that his mother is “a lifelong Democrat,” but “her son never showed much interest in politics and had never voted until two years ago,” according to the aforementioned Ron Lowy, a lawyer who is a family friend and has represented him in the past – and who has also characterized him as someone with serious psycho-emotional issues, an “unsophisticated loner who wanted to impress people but failed at everything he pursued,” and that he’s “14 years old living in an adult body.”
His mother’s party affiliation may mean anything or nothing. Sons may follow their parents’ path, or they may part from it dramatically. A former male exotic dancer does seem like an odd candidate for a sudden Trump epiphany, but stranger things have happened.
So hard to figure out what – and who – to believe, these days. There are a number of possibilities, but I think I shall be keeping my mouth shut and my eyes open, with respect to this issue, for a while…