The 'MAGA bomber' who sent pipe bombs to CNN and Democratic leaders said Trump rallies are 'like a drug'

Broward County Sheriff’s Office/Getty ImagesIn this undated handout provided by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Cesar Sayoc poses for a mugshot photo in Miami, Florida. Mr. Sayoc was arrested today on allegations that he was the person that mailed pipe bomb devices that targeted critics of President Donald Trump and have been recovered in New York, Washington D.C., California and South Florida, all with the return address of Debbie Wassermann-Schultz’s office.
  • Cesar Sayoc Jr., 57, pleaded guilty to sending pipe bombs to CNN and Democratic leaders last year.
  • In letters filed on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, Sayoc told the judge about going to Trump rallies, calling them “fun” and “like a new found drug.”
  • Sayoc told the judge he had been abusing steroids and that Trump’s self-help CDs reprogrammed his mind.
  • Defence attorneys said in court documents that Sayoc has been evaluated by two psychiatrists.
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The Florida man who pleaded guilty to sending pipe bombs to CNN and several Democratic leaders said in a letter to a federal judge on Tuesday that going to a rally for President Donald Trump felt “like a new found drug.”

Cesar Sayoc Jr., 57, faces life in prison after pleading guilty last month to 65 counts, including using weapons of mass destruction and mailing explosives with intent to kill.

In letters filed on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York seen by INSIDER, Sayoc told a judge about going to Trump rallies.

“You met people from all walks life … colour etc,” he wrote. “It was fun, it became like a new found drug.”

He said going to rallies made it feel like he was “no longer a loner,” adding: “If you weren’t at a rally, it was all over social media, TV, radio, Facebook, Twitter.”

Sayoc told the judge he had been abusing steroids and that Trump’s self-help CDs helped “reprogram” his mind. He also said he faced a negative reaction for having Trump-themed stickers on his van.


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“The more it happened the stronger my resolve … to continue to advertise President [Trump’s] message to make America great and SAFE again,” Sayoc wrote.

Defence attorneys said in court documents that they had Sayoc psychologically evaluated by a clinical psychiatrist and a psychiatrist who specialised in steroid abuse.

“We believe that these two reports will provide the court with ample information about Mr. Sayoc’s mental health,” his attorneys said.

In a letter sent earlier in April, Sayoc told the judge that he never intended for the pipe bombs to detonate.

“The intention was only to intimidate and scare,” Sayoc said in the two-page letter, seen by INSIDER. “What started out as hoax, decoys, devices were not ever meant to work or could have worked, hurt or harm anyone.”

Sayoc was accused of sending bombs to 16 targets in the weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, and the CNN offices in New York and Atlanta. None of the bombs detonated.

He was arrested in October after he was found living in a van covered in Trump stickers. His family’s attorney at the time said Sayoc, a former body builder, had found “a father figure” in Trump, according to the New York Daily News.

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