WASHINGTON: Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man suspected of sending pipe bombs to critics of Donald Trump, appears to be a fervent supporter of the Republican president with a hatred for Democrats.
Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, was arrested on Friday in connection with the explosive devices mailed to leading Democratic figures and former high-ranking officials, FBI Director Christopher Wray said.
Sayoc has been arrested several times previously, including in Miami-Dade County in 2002 for making a bomb threat, according to court records available online. He was sentenced to a year on probation.
Sayoc, who also goes by the name Cesar Altieri, has a history of financial problems and filed for bankruptcy in 2012, according to the Miami Herald newspaper.
Sayoc’s political leanings are on full display on his Facebook page, his Twitter accounts and his impounded white van — which was plastered with pro-Trump decals and anti-Democrat stickers.
A picture on Sayoc’s Facebook page shows him wearing a red Trump “Make America Great Again” hat.
One of the windows of his van, which was seized by the FBI, features pictures of former president Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with red bulls-eyes on their faces.
There’s also a “CNN Sucks” sticker with a target over the face of one of the network’s frequent commentators, Van Jones.
Obama, Clinton, and CNN were the intended recipients of the pipe bombs sent through the mail with a return address in Florida.
Sayoc appears to have had at least two Twitter accounts — @hardrock2016 and @hardrockintlent — where he posted as Cesar Altieri and “Julus Cesar Milan.”
Tweeted right-wing memes
The last post on Sayoc’s @hardrock2016 account dates from Wednesday.
It is a retweet of a composite image claiming that Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, “admitted” taking money from billionaire George Soros.
Soros, who is a prominent funder of left-of-centre causes, was also an intended recipient of an explosive device.
The post is one of a number of crude tweets critical of Gillum and other Democrats — including California Representative Maxine Waters and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, both of whom were targets of mail bombs.
Another Twitter post references the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose return address was used for the packages containing pipe bombs.
In the Twitter post, Sayoc misspells Schultz’s name as “Shultz,” a misspelling that was also used on the packages.
In a June post, Sayoc wishes a happy birthday to Trump.
“Happy Birthday greatest Commander Chief disruptor shake Washington upside down,” it said. “Thank you for all you do against everyone and not be stopped ever. Straight ahead get it done awesome build Wall.”
Most of the posts on Sayoc’s Twitter feeds were retweets of right-wing memes attacking Democrats and dark conspiracy theories.
Sayoc describes himself on one of his Twitter feeds as a former professional soccer player, wrestler and cage fighter.
On his LinkedIn profile, Sayoc claims to have attended Brevard College in North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and to have studied veterinary medicine.