MAXINE WATERS: TRUMP SHOULD ‘TAKE RESPONSIBILITY’ FOR BOMB THREATS, HE’S BEEN ‘DOG-WHISTLING’ TO SUPPORTERS

democrat-maxine-waters-bomb-threat-i-aint-scaredMaxine Waters speaks at Families Belong Together-Freedom for Immigrants March Los Angeles at Los Angeles City Hall on June 30. She said President Donald Trump should take responsibility for the kinds of “violence we’re seeing.”
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against that notion on Thursday, saying Trump’s rhetoric had nothing to do with the series of explosive devices.

“The president has condemned violence in all forms” since day one, Sanders told reporters. She said she thought “everyone has a role to play.”

At a rally the week before, Trump publicly praised Montana GOP Representative Greg Gianforte for body slamming a reporter. On the campaign trail, the president encouraged attendees to assault protesters who disrupted his rallies.

While Trump called for the country to “unify” in response to the bomb threats, hours later at a political rally in Wisconsin he said it was the media’s responsibility to “stop the endless hostility.” On Twitter Thursday morning he blamed the media for the “anger we see today in our society.”

Waters has long been a fierce critic of Trump and his administration, even calling for his impeachment at times. After receiving death threats over her calls for protesters to publicly harass administration officials, Waters responded by saying, “If you shoot me, you better shoot straight.”

“We must not be intimidated to the point where we stop advocating and protesting for justice,” Waters said in her Wednesday interview. “As the young people say, ‘I ain’t scared.'”

“I think the president of United States should take responsibility for the kind of violence that we are seeing for the first time in different ways,” Waters said. “I think the president of the United States has been dog-whistling to his constituency, making them believe that their problems are caused by those people over there. And I think they are acting in a way that they think the president wants them to do and the way he wants them to act.”

Waters added that, “in his own way,” the president “really does do a lot to promote violence.”

Critics of the president have argued that some of the rhetoric and conspiracy theories that Trump spreads on Twitter and at political rallies could be perceived by some as a call for violence.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against that notion on Thursday, saying Trump’s rhetoric had nothing to do with the series of explosive devices.

“The president has condemned violence in all forms” since day one, Sanders told reporters. She said she thought “everyone has a role to play.”

At a rally the week before, Trump publicly praised Montana GOP Representative Greg Gianforte for body slamming a reporter. On the campaign trail, the president encouraged attendees to assault protesters who disrupted his rallies.

While Trump called for the country to “unify” in response to the bomb threats, hours later at a political rally in Wisconsin he said it was the media’s responsibility to “stop the endless hostility.” On Twitter Thursday morning he blamed the media for the “anger we see today in our society.”

Waters has long been a fierce critic of Trump and his administration, even calling for his impeachment at times. After receiving death threats over her calls for protesters to publicly harass administration officials, Waters responded by saying, “If you shoot me, you better shoot straight.”

“We must not be intimidated to the point where we stop advocating and protesting for justice,” Waters said in her Wednesday interview. “As the young people say, ‘I ain’t scared.'”

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DOMESTIC TERRORISM SUSPECT CHARGED WITH 5 FELONIES

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11:52 AM PT— During a DOJ press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sayoc has been charged with 5 federal crimes — interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former Presidents, threatening interstate communication and assaulting current and former federal officers. If convicted, Sayoc faces up to 58 years in prison.

FBI director Chris Wray said, after the FBI’s initial analysis, “They found a latent fingerprint from one of the envelopes sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters,” adding that Sayoc’s DNA was also linked to multiple packages delivered. “These are not hoax devices,” Wray said.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill later said there might be more packages that have yet to be delivered, and encouraged the public to take caution.

10:43 AM PT — Sayoc was arrested in 2002 for threatening to blow up Florida Power & Light utilities company and said, “It would be worse than September 11th” … according to Miami PD records. He also threatened to harm the employee who was on the phone if they cut off his electricity.

He was charged with phone bomb threats, and eventually sentenced to one year probation.

10:35 AM PT — Sayoc was in handcuffs as heavily armed law enforcement officers took him into custody.

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Also, Chippendales tells us Sayoc was working for a knockoff company … not the real Chippendales.

9:05 AM PT — Our law enforcement sources confirm the suspect’s name is Cesar A. Sayoc, a 56-year-old from Aventura, FL … and he has an extensive criminal history.

We found this image of him wearing a MAGA hat from 2016. We know he attended at least one Trump rally that year.

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In 2014, Sayoc was on probation for battery and grand theft, and requested permission to travel due to his job as a road manager for Chippendales, International Gold Productions and Cesar Palace Royale Burlesque Show.

8:45 AM PT — President Trump just addressed the crowd about the arrest of the suspect.

This close-up image of one side of the van shows images with crosshairs over Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, CNN’s Van Jones … and many more. There are also several positive images of the President and VP Mike Pence.

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Federal authorities have nabbed a suspect for the rash of explosive devices sent this week to President Trump’s political foes … TMZ has confirmed.

The man was arrested Friday morning in Plantation, FL … and law enforcement swarmed around a vehicle believed to belong to the suspect. The van is covered with political stickers … including images of the President.

Cops had been zeroing in on a postal facility in Opa-locka — just south of Plantation — which they believe the suspect used to ship several of the suspicious packages. The most recent device found there was addressed to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

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The wave of packages started arriving on Monday with one sent to liberal philanthropist George Soros … and then on Wednesday … packages intended for Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obamas were intercepted.

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The attempted attacks continued with packages targeting Robert De Niro, Rep. Maxine Waters, Joe Biden. One sent to former CIA Director John Brennan forced the evacuation of Time Warner Center in NYC.

Originally published 8:07 AM PT

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