The mother of the man accused of sending explosives to high-profile Democratic figures and CNN says she wants President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and other political leaders to tone down their rhetoric.
Madeline Sayoc, the mother of mail-bomber suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr., wrote in an exclusive letter to ABC that politicians should consider how their words can be seen as a “license to violently act out in our country.
“Our political leaders, like our President Donald Trump, need to recognize that there are many sick people in this country who take their rhetoric and words of ‘War with the Media’ and ‘War with the Democrats’ to heart,” she said.
All of those targeted with crude pipe bombs had sparred publicly with or faced insults from Trump.
“I beg President Trump and others to refrain from talk of War with fellow Americans,” Madeline Sayoc wrote in the letter.
Madeline Sayoc said she had not heard from her son in four years and had not lived with him for 35 years.
She said he has been mentally disturbed for a long time, describing the struggles his family faced in trying to seek treatment for him.
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“My son has been ill for a long time and my family and I have tried, over and over again, without success to urge him to get the help he needs,” Madeline Sayoc wrote. “We, in America, have a mental health crisis in this country and need to change laws to allow families to compel and require mental health treatment for those in need of such treatment before their illness worsens to where it is too late.”
She said she woke up from surgery to the news that her son was being charged in connection with the string of mailed explosives.
“This is not how I raised him or my children,” she wrote.
Cesar Sayoc Jr. allegedly mailed explosives to figures including former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE, former President Obama, Democratic mega-donor George Soros, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMcCarthy yanks endorsement of California candidate over social media posts Top bank regulator announces abrupt resignation GOP pulls support from California House candidate over ‘unacceptable’ social media posts MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and others. He also sent a package with an explosive to the CNN offices in New York City, authorities said.
None of the devices detonated and no one was injured.
He is being transferred to New York, where he will be tried for interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers, ABC reported.
Trump since the attempted mail bombings has continued to attack the “fake news” media and CNN in particular. Crowds at his rallies have continued to chant “CNN sucks” and “lock her up,” referring to Clinton.
Cesar Sayoc Jr. was apparently an ardent supporter of President Trump, and was seen attending at least one of his rallies in 2017.
A van that authorities took into custody when they arrested Sayoc was plastered with pro-Trump, anti-CNN and anti-Democrat stickers, including one that showed Clinton with a crosshairs target over her face.