President Donald Trump railed against Democrats at a White House event meant to call for unity in the wake of the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, the suspect in the string of attempted mail-bombings this week.
Trump began the event by characterizing the bomb scares as a series of “terrorizing acts” that are “despicable and have no place in our country.”
“We must never allow political violence to take root in America — cannot let it happen — and I am committed to doing everything in my power to stop it and to stop it now,” he added.
Minutes later, the president repeated the phrase “lock them up” about his opponents. He also attacked “globalists” who he says are working with foreign countries to “cheat” American workers.
“They’re called globalists. I like the globe too, but we have to take care of our people,” he said.
The event, a gathering of young black leaders at the White House, was punctuated by other odd moments, which were documented by Daniel Dale, a Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star. A few of those moments are highlighted below:
Sayoc was identified after DNA was taken from two other suspicious packages were found, one addressed to Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and the other to James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.
Sayoc has a criminal record dating back to at least 1992. He made a bomb threat in 2002, according to Miami-Dade County court records, and pleaded guilty to that offense. He also had financial troubles, and once declared bankruptcy.
Trump praised the FBI and the Secret Service for the arrest, saying: “It’s like a needle in a haystack,” Trump said. “And they have done an incredible, incredible job.”
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