Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. was arrested in Plantation, Florida, and his arrest triggered an avalanche of reactions.
Sayoc Jr. was arrested and taken into FBI custody. The suspect was charged with five federal crimes linked to the mail bombs sent to former president Barack Obama, the Clintons and other top Democrats.
Fox News hosts Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace discussed the big arrest, and the discussion turned into a heated debate. They were debating whether President Trump is responsible for the man who sent the explosive devices to Dems.
“Chris, you just can’t ignore the politics of this, even if you wanted to. These are people the president has gone after rhetorically. These are people this guy targeted. He’s a big supporter. It goes to the tone and tenor of the political discourse and the words that the president uses in his rallies,” Smith said.
“I don’t think you can draw any particular link or any responsibility on the part of the president for this action. I mean, as Sarah Sanders said and was just repeated by John Roberts, a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up the congressman at the baseball practice. Is Bernie Sanders responsible for that?” Wallace responded.
“Nobody is saying his responsible. The rhetorical discourse in this country has evolved over time, and the president says we need to unify. Some of that begins with the rhetoric, does it not?” Smith asked.
“Well, it would certainly be good, but it’s separate and apart from the actions of this guy. This is a twisted person. There are 300 million Americans and they may be part of the fierce political debate in the country but they don’t put explosive devices in packages.”
Smith cut his colleague off. “What difference does it make, Shep?” Wallace asked.
“Seems like the rhetoric is unhelpful, -“ Smith responded. “To hold the president responsible,-“ Wallace added.