Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has shared a raw video of mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc who was filmed during a rally for President Donald Trump shortly after he took office.
Moore posted a link to the video on Twitter Sunday.
In the past few hours, my crew and I have realized that Cesar Sayoc plastering my picture with a bullseye on it on… https://t.co/Jul2reiRGe— Michael Moore (@Michael Moore)1540752642.0
The footage showed Sayoc in a crowd of Trump supporters in Melbourne, Florida, in February 2017. It was shot for Moore's documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9," which is based on Trump's rise to the presidency. The footage was not used in the final production of the documentary.
"My direction to my producer Basel Hamdan and our longtime collaborator Eric Weinrib was to NOT film Trump, but rather only film the people who came out to see him. My feeling was, after one month in office, we didn’t need to hear anything more from Trump’s mouth — we already knew everything we needed to know about him," Moore wrote in a blog post.
Sayoc, 56, allegedly sent at least 14 pipe bombs to outspoken Democrat Trump critics, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, and others.
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Sayoc appeared three times for a few seconds each in the 3.5 minute clip.
"[A]nd you can see what Sayoc had become by early 2017, his body grossly deformed into what he thought a man should be, muscles the size of basketballs, he’s wearing a sleeveless white T-shirt, holding a big anti-CNN sign and, along with his fellow Trumpsters, is yelling at the journalists who had gathered in the media pen," Moore wrote.
"Underneath his threatening Hulk-like exterior, there is fear in his eyes and, for a quick moment, you can see he is already gone, a lost dog with no direction home," he continued.
Sayoc can be seen in the video holding up a sign that reads "CNN Sucks" and he can be heard chanting, "Tell the truth!" along with other rallygoers.
A photo of Moore with crosshairs over his face was among the many stickers and photos plastered on the side of Sayoc's van.
"Needless to say I was a bit shaken to see that Sayoc had placed a photo of me with a crosshairs target over my face on the side of his van," Moore said.
Moore went on to write that police were working to determine if there had been a package sent to him.
"Because of this target he put on me, the police and security people were looking on Friday to see if a package had been sent to me and, if so, is it still somewhere in the postal delivery system. So far, so good!" Moore said.
On Friday, authorities arrested Sayoc in Florida. He's expected to be formally charged with at least five federal crimes during his first appearance in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York Monday afternoon.