Trump’s rhetoric is partly to blame for a man’s plot to Muslim refugees, his lawyer says

Who knows how many others are out there ready commit heinous crimes one day after listening the hate coming from Donald Trump’s mouth:

Two years ago, Patrick Eugene Stein hatched a plot with two other men to kill Somali refugees by blowing up an apartment complex in Kansas that contained a mosque.

The men referred to Muslims as cockroaches and, in the words of prosecutors, “described in the most extreme and violent terms what they planned to do to them.” They were found guilty in April and face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Now, Stein’s lawyer is asking for a more lenient sentence, arguing that the court consider the “backdrop” of the case: then-candidate Donald Trump’s polarizing rhetoric.

“The court cannot ignore the circumstances of one of the most rhetorically mold-breaking, violent, awful, hateful and contentious presidential elections in modern history, driven in large measure by the rhetorical China shop bull who is now our president,” said attorney Jim Pratt in a sentencing memo filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas.


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