The Florida man who mailed homemade bombs to leading Democrats and other critics of President Trump broke down in court on Thursday while pleading guilty to charges that may send him to prison for life.
“MAGA bomber” Cesar Sayoc, 57, claimed he never intended for the devices — which he packed with explosive powder from fireworks, fertilizer, pool chemicals and broken glass — to actually blow up and hurt anyone.
None of the crude pipe bombs detonated, but Sayoc admitted in Manhattan federal court that “I was aware of the risk” they would.
“In October 2018, I made devices that were designed to look like bombs and sent them in the US Mail,” he said softly, while reading from a prepared statement.
A California woman lost her job after confronting a man wearing one of President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats outside a Starbucks, KTVU reported. The woman, identified by the news outlet as Rebecca Mankey, has been fired by her employer, Gryphon Stringed Instruments, a store in Palo Alto.
“Gryphon does not believe anyone should be harassed or subject to hate speech no matter their beliefs. Music has historically been something that has brought people of diverse socio-political backgrounds together,” the guitar sales and repair shop posted on its Facebook page. The firing comes after Mankey allegedly confronted a 74-year-old man identified as Victor at a local coffee shop on Monday.
ictor, who was wearing a MAGA hat, told the outlet that a woman came over and started yelling at him while trying to get the other Starbucks customers riled up. “This woman came over and not only started screaming at me, she turned to the Starbucks audience and said, ‘Hey everybody come here! This guy's a racist! This guy hates brown people,’” Victor recalled.
Mankey then reportedly took to social media to brag about confronting the Trump supporter. “I yelled at him about how it was not okay to hate brown people. I called him more names and told him to call the police. He wouldn’t call the police so I called him a wimp, yelling at him to get the [expletive] out of my town,” Mankey wrote online, according to KTVU. “I’m going to publicly shame him in town and try to get him fired.”
A New Hampshire teenager learned that her “Make America Great Again” T-shirt and iconic MAGA cap did not make the grade for a patriotic celebration at her high school, according to a report.
Ciretta Mackenzie, a freshman at Epping High School, told local news station Boston25 her high school principal ordered her to lose the pro-Trump gear Monday, which was “America Pride Day” at the school.
“It’s just a shirt, and it only says, ‘Trump: Make America Great Again.’ It doesn’t say anything like ‘build a wall,’ so I don’t get how it could be offensive, how it could be disrespectful,” the mortified Mackenzie told the news station.
A public relations contractor who previously worked for the Democratic National Committee said that he was kicked out of Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington after he confronted a diner wearing a Make America Great Again hat on the Fourth of July.
Around 8:30 pm - after US President Donald Trump had already given his speech at the Lincoln Memorial as part of his "Salute to America" program, but before the nighttime fireworks display - TJ Helmstetter headed to Hill Country, a restaurant that has been one of his favorite stops. In a text-message interview on Friday, Helmstetter said that he, his partner and three other people found the place packed when they arrived.
"We had just walked in when I saw the guy sitting by the bar with the MAGA hat," Helmstetter wrote. "I said, 'Hey, are you from DC?'"
The man said no, and Helmstetter said he responded, "We don't tolerate racism in this city." The comment, according to Helmstetter, prompted the MAGA cap wearer's companion to get up and jab her fingers into his chest. "I'm sure I said more things then, don't remember what," Helmstetter texted.
The New York Daily News dedicated its Thursday cover to the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s World Cup win.
The cover features the players, including co-captain Megan Rapinoe, celebrating their continued status as world champions during a ticker-tape parade in New York City. The headline was a play on President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” 2016 campaign slogan.
Rapinoe, 33, gave a rousing speech at the end of the celebrations, in which she said it was “our responsibility to make this world a better place.”
“This is my charge to everyone,” Rapinoe said. “We have to be better. We have to love more. Hate less.”
“We got to listen more and talk less. We got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility. Every single person here,” she added. “Every single person who’s not here. Every single person who doesn’t want to be here. Every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree.”