Promoting the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, De Niro touched upon the bomb scare from last year against him and a number of other prominent political personalities. He also spoke about how all those who resorted to violence will never succeed.
Last fall, actor Robert De Niro, along with a number of other high profile political personalities and organizations, was the target of a bomb scare. The packages were sent in manila envelopes with six American-flag stamps in two rows and no postmark, with the return address of Democratic Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Cesar Sayoc, from Aventura, Florida, was accused of sending as many as 16 pipe bombs in postal packages. These were sent to various organizations and individuals whom he thought were against President Donald Trump and his policies. Sayoc was caught and sentenced to several counts of felony. Fortunately, none of his packages detonated or injured anyone.
Promoting the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, De Niro had a stern message for people like Sayoc who were quick to resort to violence, reported CNN. He said, "Good triumphs over evil, light triumphs over darkness, it's that simple." Several prominent figures had been targeted with the pipe bombs including the likes of former presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden, Senators Cory Baker and Kamala Harris, to name a few. CNN's offices in Atlanta and New York as well as some other organizations were also sent pipe bombs.
De Niro added, "There are people out there who just don't get it and they don't have higher interest, if you will, in the betterment of the country even. It's just about them and they're a minority and they're dangerous and they're given a voice and everybody is entitled to have a voice but not when it's a voice like that. I'm sorry, then you're wrong. Then you have to either be quiet or learn that you are not right when you want to hurt other people and come after them with the white supremacy and all that other stuff and that hate, you're wrong."
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The co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and De Niro’s producing partner Jane Rosenthal said that De Niro and their team would "remain steadfast" in their work. He added that the bomb scare "also made us, as we say, 'Tribeca Strong.' Bob will continue to speak out about this administration and we will all continue to speak out about it. That's our right and if somebody is going to take a crazy shot, so be it."
According to another CNN report, the pipes bombs had targets in various cities, from Washington to New York, Delaware, Florida, and California. Manila envelopes were used in the packaging before they were mailed to the addresses of prominent figures and organizations. It was also believed that some of the packages may have originated in Florida, according to the law enforcement official quoted by the channel.
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Sayoc pleaded guilty to at least 65 felony counts that also included "using weapons of mass destruction" with an attempt to incite a domestic terrorist attack. According to experts, the CNN report said that the main aim was to create fear and panic among the people. Ryan Morris, the founder of Tripwire Operations Group, said, "Whoever is doing this is just trying to elicit fear or disrupt something.”
He added, "There are a multitude of more sophisticated methodologies that would have worked if they really wanted this to work," Tripwire Operations provides explosives training to law enforcement officials. and the military. Sayoc himself has admitted that his aim was to intimidate rather than to actually carrying out the attack. He wrote a two-page letter to US District Court Judge Jed Rakoff stating the same. In the letter, he said that ‘The intention was to only intimidate & scare’ and that the bombs were “not ever meant to work.”
At the court hearing, however, Sayoc, however, told the judge that he "was aware of the risk that it would explode." Sayoc later said that his attorney had instructed him to say that he knew the devices could cause harm. He further wrote, "In my heart I wanted to say no." He also said that he was under "extreme emotional circumstances. I am forever and sincerely in remorse & extremely sorry with all my heart."
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