The dude has clearly lost his mind. Even his parents are begging him to see a head doctor.
The British man accused of trying to assassinate Donald Trump has explained his actions to his father, saying: ‘Someone had to stand up for America.’
Michael Sandford’s extraordinary statement came during an emotional meeting at a desert prison near Las Vegas last week.
The 20-year-old, who has a complex history of mental illness, is being held in isolation and is ‘bewildered, frightened and overwhelmed’, according to his family.
In interviews with The Mail on Sunday yesterday, his parents painted a portrait of a deeply troubled young man who urgently needs psychiatric help. ‘He wouldn’t hurt a hair on anybody’s head – everybody has said that,’ said his mother Lynne. ‘I just want to wrap my arms round him and never let him go.’
She revealed that Michael, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, was detained overnight at a psychiatric hospital in New Jersey after being found ‘distressed’ in a car on the first day of a two-week holiday in January last year.
A few months later, he returned to the US where he has lived ever since. Last month, after growing increasingly concerned for his welfare, his mother alerted the authorities.
But eight days ago, he was arrested after allegedly trying to grab a policeman’s gun at a Republican Party rally in Las Vegas for the presidential candidate.
According to court papers, Sandford told agents who arrested him that he had planned the assassination for a year and thought he would die in the attempt.
His father Paul Davey, 50, who travelled to the US to speak to his son in jail on Friday, said he was deeply shocked by Michael’s confession.