Cesar Sayoc’s Trump Obsession Contributed to Radicalization
Another unhinged terrorist follower of Trump tries to lessen the consequences of his actions. I would prefer no leniency in this case, simply because terror is morally evil, and I firmly believe that all terrorists are unhinged and unmoored to morality - regardless of that they deserve the full weight of the law simply because other evil unhinged people are watching for the outcome.
Attorneys for Cesar A. Sayoc are trying to convince a Manhattan federal judge to sentence the attempted bomber to 10 years 1 month behind bars, plus supervision with combined mental health and substance abuse treatment. They argue that Sayoc’s mental health issues and obsession with President Trump contributed to his radicalization and decision to send the bombs.
Sayoc caused panic across the country the month before the 2018 midterms by mailing crude pipe bombs to critics of President Trump, top Democrats, and CNN. Prosecutors are demanding that he spend life behind bars for his crimes.
In a 39-page sentencing memorandum, Sayoc’s attorneys laid out a detailed narrative of his radicalization. Sayoc went from being a steroid-addled pariah relying on self-help audiobooks and strip mall fortune-tellers to a political radical who saw it as his mission to protect Trump and the country by attacking prominent liberals across the country, according to the sentencing memo.