In a Monday interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, President Donald Trump criticized The Washinton Post for associating his name with the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, a Trump supporter suspected of mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats who have been critical of the president.
“I was in the headline of The Washington Post, my name associated with this crazy bomber,” Trump claimed on Monday.
Trump asserted that he was “in the headline when they got him.”
“They didn’t say ‘bomber found,’ they talked about Trump in the headline,” he added.
The Post’s initial report on Sayoc’s arrest carried the headline “Man in Florida Arrested, Charged in Connection With Mail Bombs Sent to Public Figures,” reports Newsweek.
Trump then questioned why former President Barack Obama and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had not been blamed for previous mass shootings in the U.S.
“Bernie Sanders had a fan who shot a very good friend of ours, Steve Scalise, and other people. He was a total maniac,” Trump said, referring to the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, who was sho by left-wing activist and Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson.
“Nobody puts his name in the headline, Bernie Sanders’ [name], in the headline,” Trump said.
“I was in the headline of The Washington Post,” Trump said.
“Now, they didn’t do that with Bernie Sanders,” he said.
“They didn’t do that with President Obama with the church, the horrible situation with the church,” he said, appearing to reference the 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, carried out by white supremacist Dylann Roof. “They didn’t do that. They put my name in the headlines.”
“When I say ‘enemy of the people,’ I’m talking about the fake news,” Trump said, adding: “And it is fake.”
“My people understand,” the U.S. leader said.