- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cesar Sayoc, who pleaded guilty to sending pipe bombs to politicians, donors and media companies last October, said attending President Trump’s rallies was like “a new found drug.”

In a letter filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Sayoc told a judge that “the first thing you here (sic) entering Trump rally is we are not going to take it anymore, the forgotten ones, etc. You met people from all walks life … color etc. It was fun, it became like a new found drug.”

According to CNN, he also said listening to Mr. Trump’s self-help CDs reprogrammed his mind, and he “laughed” at people who reacted negatively to his van, which was covered with pro-Trump stickers, by slashing his tires and breaking his windows.

“I laughed at first. It was ridiculous how people were reacting and violence on both sides,” he wrote.

Sayoc pleaded guilty to 65 felony counts last month, including using weapons of mass destruction in an attempted domestic terrorist attack.

None of the 16 explosive devices detonated, with Sayoc saying the devices were only meant to “intimidate & scare.”

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Sayoc blamed steroid and supplement usage as the reason he mailed out the bombs.

“I was the most scared time in my life. … Plus I was using heavy amounts of steroids, 274 different supplement and vitamins. … I lost my head, steroids altered my growing anger. I made a bad choice taking them to help. … I lost control of myself and mental state from them,” he said.

Sayoc will be sentenced on Sept. 12 and could face life in prison.

• Bailey Vogt can be reached at bvogt@washingtontimes.com.

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