Hillsboro candidate calls attempted bombing 'false flag'
A Hillsboro City Council candidate has endorsed a conspiracy theory that the alleged bomber who sent explosives to more than a dozen people critical of President Donald Trump is actually a plant from Democrats attempting to spruce up support for liberals ahead of next week's midterm election.
William Joseph Fields posted several times on Twitter and Facebook in the past week that he believes Cesar Sayoc, the alleged bomber, has been secretly working to get Democratic candidates into office through a so-called "false flag" operation.
Sayoc, a registered Republican, was arrested last Friday, Oct. 26. Authorities say he was active on social media and regularly posted pro-Trump messages online.
At the time of his arrest, Sayoc was living in Florida in a van covered in images of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The van's windows were also covered in stickers showing former President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and others with rifle crosshairs over their faces.
"There is no way that someone with all of this content on their van would be a Trump supporter," Fields wrote after Sayoc's arrest, sharing a post showing the pro-Trump van. "I'm not doubting he's the bomber, I'm saying he's a plantof sorts. It's too overt."
Fields posts regularly on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms about his conservative ideals. Fields has no official campaign website, instead directing voters to visit his personal Facebook page and other social media sites to learn about his political views.
On Monday, Oct. 29, Fields wrote on Facebook that he believed Sayoc to be secretly working for Democrats.
"This guy has been a long term plant," Fields wrote in a comment to another user on Oct. 26. "There's always the possibility it's legit, but honestly, I don't believe so. Again, it's far too overt. He's been to some Trump rallies, as they are releasing some of the video footage. But just because he's attended, first off, doesn't implicate anyone, or the movement at all, and secondariliy (sic), doesn't qualify him as even a Trump supporter. Again, smoke in mirrors. It could have been legit, it could have been a long term plant, considering the timing, and what is at stake for the left, I tend to think the latter makes more sense."
Fields has a history of writing about controversial topics on his Facebook page.
On Oct. 7, Fields posted a photo of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with an image of a clock ticking toward midnight superimposed over her face.
"Tick Tock," the photo's caption read, seemingly implying that Ginsberg, 85, might not have long to live. Ginsburg is seen as one of the court's more liberal justices. The image was posted one day after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the nation's highest court amid a sex abuse scandal.
On Oct. 29, Fields shared another Facebook user's Photoshopped image depicting comedian Amy Schumer covered in blood, appearing to pull a bloody baby corpse from between her legs. The image, a fake, included a caption saying that many in Hollywood were anti-abortion.
"This is just disturbing," Fields wrote.
Sayoc is charged with mailing 15 packages containing pipe bombs to several prominent Democrats and news organizations critical of President Trump. Obama, Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden received packages, as did CNN, the news network often criticized by Trump for being "fake news." Billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer, as well as three Democratic members of Congress — Sens. Corey Booker and Kamala Harris and Rep. Maxine Waters — were also mailed bombs, as were actor Robert de Niro, former CIA director John Brennan, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, according to the FBI.
The false flag theory was first raised by conservative site Infowars, which is known for posting conspiracy theories, but the idea has since been picked up by some mainstream conservative outlets, including radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and FOX News correspondent Geraldo Rivera. Rivera later said he was wrong about the theory.
Like others who believe the theory, Fields attributed the attempted bombs as a way to make conservatives look bad in the eyes of voters in the final few days before a major election.
"I'm pretty sure if someone on the right did do those, they probably would have actually detonated," Fields wrote on Oct. 25. "But they didnt (sic), which tells me it's nothing but a manufactured attempt at an October surprise. Well that, and the imported voters south of the border, which WILL be blocked by our military won't curtail the #RedTsunami. Enjoy irrelevance. Try educating yourselves on facts, rather than simply partisan ideology, and we'll see you in #2020. You've lost!"
Fields did not return phone calls to Pamplin Media Group seeking comment for this story, but did post a lengthy response on Facebook Tuesday morning.
"So, apparently the media is trying to contact me over a post about Cesar Soyac, #TheBoomerBomber," Fields wrote on Oct. 30. "You can read this, as my position. He was involved in the construction of a bomb in 2002, and grand theft auto there shortly after. He had violent tendencies well before he decided to drop off those "bombs". So to say Trump radicalized him, I would say his history exonerates Trump completely. Secondarily, why would any Trump supporter do such a thing, when you know damn well it could have blowback to the movement? Clearly, either he has serious mental issues, which is stated back in 2002, but lastly, wouldn't it make more sense if he was disgruntled as a leftists, and wanted to have a virtual Reichstag? Isn't it funny how none of these devices actually went off? Those stickers on his van look practically brand new, they look as if they've never seen the sun to fade them whatsover. But then comes the other point, vans are pulled over all the time. Why would a van, nearly every window covered with the edgiest meme's America's ever seen, not get pulled over at all during this process? This situation sticks to high hell. But you know what, we will see what the evidence says, and go from there. I'll use this opportunity to address the Synagogue shooter, Robert Bowers. First off, the guy didn't vote for Trump, he was unaffiliated. He apparently thought Trump was a globalist, and see's the Jewish people as the grand globalists of the world, and that Trump is controlled by the Jews. In a sense, he is right. Some of the richest people in the world, particularly in banking, are Jewish. However, that doesn't justify violence, and secondly, those in the Synagogue were not the banksters, and from the evidence provided, there is no evidence that Trump is controlled by anyone, not Russia, not Israel. We have sick people on the left, right, center, in the US, and beyond. We don't know why they do what they do. We can just hope that truth, love and light makes it's way into the situation, and we come to justice on all accounts. So, I'll like to add a last note to the media. I don't respect you. I told you out of the gate I am a classical liberal, gone Trumpite conservative. You labeled me as a STAUNCH conservative. If anything, I'm socially liberal, while fiscally conservative, that believes in the rule of law, and strong borders/immigration. You then stated, I was unemployed, but failed to mention how I took care of someone in my life that was dying, and was committing nearly 70 hours per week for nearly 4 years to ensure his survival, and heightened quality of life. He passed in April, and I used it as an opportunity to grow amazing organic food, and top tier marijuana. I decided because of my economics backround in mortgage, banking, and being a financial analyst, that attaining my real estate license was the next logical step. However, in so doing, I took a look at who was running locally, and where their loyalties lie. I decided to then run, within 3 days of that option being shuttered, because I felt like it was not only important, but something that could be fun before I jump back into the free market. I would think that since I have a bit of free time on my hands, running for public service would be a good thing, as, I would not have excuses to not get stuff done. Obviously, they disagree, and have unanimously endorsed the incumbent who might be a nice guy, but he has no problem in spending far more than we can afford in Hillsboro, and voted YES on Sanctuary City, and by proxy, Sanctuary State status. I simply cannot get behind it. For those of you choosing to not vote for me, it's understandable, this is a very leftist leaning country, and I was the underdog to begin with. I can only hope if you are dependent on the system, that you realize, it doesn't need to be that way, and through making it a better economic climate, we can bring new investment into the area, put people to work, and try to put more money in your pockets by lowering taxes. To those that ARE voting for me. Thank you so very much for your vote of confidence. I will go as far as I can for you to hopefully swing the echo chamber pendulum in the other direction!"
By Geoff Pursinger
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