Pipe Bombs Sent in Mail to Celebrities Including Robert DeNiro, Jim Carrey, Ron Howard
I certainly do not condone anyone sending pipe bombs to any celebrity, but, I cannot help but wonder, if these celebrities had not been so frequently vocal about their political opinions if they would not have been targeted?
I’ve been saying on this blog since I began it about a year or more ago that I do not agree with celebrities such as sports stars, singers, or actors, going public with their political views, especially if they do so frequently or rudely (and many of the celebrities, who almost always skew liberal, do in fact share their political views quite often and in a very rude or condescending manner).
I wonder if this nut job sending pipe bombs to people he perceived as political rivals (which would include a few movie directors and actors), will give these Hollywood anti-conservatives pause to re-consider going on so often about how much they hate conservatives and Republicans?
I hope it does. It’s sad it would take such a drastic event such as this to bring it about, though.
Twitter accounts linked to the man arrested for allegedly sending mail bombs to an ever-growing list of Trump critics previously threatened a number of celebrities and politicians on Twitter. In at least one case, the social media company seems to have refused to take steps against such a threat.
A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on Friday, referring to the issue as “an ongoing law enforcement investigation.” The company suspended two accounts associated with the suspect Friday afternoon, and on Friday night tweeted that it was “deeply sorry” for not having acted earlier.
Authorities identified the suspect of the mail bombing campaign as Cesar Altieri Sayoc, a Florida resident. Soon after the arrest, Twitter users began to unearth two accounts featuring selfies of the suspect, including a video that was likely taken at a Trump rally.
Sayoc apparently used these accounts to directly threaten a number of actors and politicians, including Jim Carrey, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, George Soros, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and others.
A number of those threats included screen grabs from news stories about murders, plane crashes, and other violent incidents, while others featured gory imagery of decapitated animals. “Not option no way out silence no shots, no traces like never existed,” the suspect wrote in a tweet directed at Warren. Other tweets ended with the line “Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave your home.”
October 25, 2018
New York (CNN) – A suspicious package addressed to actor-director Robert De Niro was reported early Thursday at the Manhattan building where his production company is based, and its marking and contents appear similar to pipe bomb packages recently mailed nationwide to top Democrats, two law enforcement sources said.
October 26, 2018, Friday
Authorities arrested a man on Friday in connection to at least 13 apparent pipe bombs sent this week to public figures, including politicians and vocal critics of President Donald Trump.