Saipov’s attorneys argued, apparently with a clear conscience, that “in the days and weeks immediately following the truck attack, then-President Trump persistently demanded that Mr. Saipov face the death penalty based on nothing more than an intemperate assessment of his crime and his identity as an Uzbek Muslim immigrant who was a diversity visa lottery winner — an aspect of United States immigration policy that was long the focus of the Trump Administration’s ire.”
The poor victim of all this racism and “Islamophobia,” meanwhile, was likely indifferent to all the wrangling. At a pre-trial hearing back in 2018, Saipov said, “The judgments that are made here are not important for me. They are not Allah’s judgments. The Islamic State, in order to impose sharia (Islamic law) on Earth, is leading a war.” He added that this war was not being waged to gain territory or economic power, but in order to “impose Sharia on earth.”
According to prosecutor Alexander Li, Saipov “told the FBI agents how he planned and practiced his attack. He told them that his goal was to kill as many people as possible. He told them that the leader of ISIS had called for attacks and the defendant responded.” Even worse, Saipov “smiled at the memory of his attack during an interview with federal agents in the hospital, Li said. He also asked to display an ISIS flag in his hospital room at the time, according to the prosecutor.”
Clearly, this is a guy whom American taxpayers should support for a lifetime of prison dawah (that is, proselytizing for Islam) because of Donald Trump. Is there no end to the Orange Man’s enormities?