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'Manifesto' on Tumblr Claims to Be From Chelsea Bomber

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones via AP)

A page on the social media site Tumblr claims to be written by the person who set off a bomb in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City last night that injured 29 people. The NYPD is investigating.

The page, called “I’m the NY Bomber,” says more bombs will be detonated because of the way society treats gay people.

New York Daily News:

The page, which had a rainbow flag in its banner, said the bombs are a protest against the oppression of the LGBT community— even though they were left in one of New York’s most gay-friendly neighborhoods.

“You probably have all seen the news by now, the explosives detonated in New York City, that was me,” the first post said.

“I did it because I cannot stand society. I cannot live in a world where homosexuals like myself as well as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society.”

It also singled out Donald Trump, saying, “I am not going to live in a country where it is OK to have a misogynist, xenophobic, racist Islamophobic, republican candidate running for President of The United States!”

In a second post, the author wrote, “I don’t know exactly how I feel about taking human lives.”

“I suppose I’m just going to have to move forward knowing that what I am doing had a purpose and will in fact make a difference,” it said.

“I’ll keep you all posted.”

Both posts were published Sunday.

The authenticity of the blog has not been confirmed, and there is no indication who is behind it.

A bomb planted in Chelsea Saturday night injured 29 people, all of whom were discharged from hospitals Sunday. Authorities found a pressure cooker device stashed four blocks away.

A motive for the bombing remains unknown. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said ties to international terrorism have been ruled out.

A Tumblr spokesperson said, “The blog cited was terminated as it violated Tumblr’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. In addition,we have been contacted by law enforcement regarding their investigation, and are responding to their requests consistent with our policies.”

While maintaining a certain degree of skepticism, stranger things have happened. Whether he planted the bombs or not, this person craves attention and that kind of malignant narcissism can sometimes lead to violence. So the page cannot entirely be dismissed as a hoax.

But really, a gay terrorist? I’m sure there are examples to be found but none come immediately to mind. Regardless, there was a chilling 911 call immediately after the bombing, saying: “There will be more.” In an election season with people already on edge, a series of blasts could radically alter an already volatile contest.