Cesar Sayoc, named as the suspect who is under arrest in the series of suspicious packages that were sent to former presidents and top Democratic officials, was a registered Republican who drove a van covered with pro Donald Trump and Republican stickers.
“This is a law and order administration. We will not tolerate such lawlessness,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news conference. President Trump condemned the attack as “despicable.” Sessions added of Cesar Sayoc’s motivation: “He appears to be a partisan.” The FBI director said the devices were not hoaxes, and authorities said DNA and fingerprint evidence tie Sayoc to the packages.
On social media, Sayoc was an active Trump and Republican supporter. Sayoc had a Twitter page where he constantly posted comments and memes against Democrats and in favor of the GOP. On Facebook, he posted photos from Trump rallies and wearing a Make America Great Again hat. CNN reported that Sayoc lived in the white van that had Republican stickers plastered along its side.
One photo appears to show him at the presidential inauguration.
On Twitter, he wrote this of Trump, “Happy Birthday greatest Commander Chief disruptor shake Washington upside down.we Unconquered Seminole Tribe current serving, Seminole Vets, Son Seminole Code Talkers. Thank you for all you do against everyone and not be stopped ever.Straight ahead get it done awesome build Wall.”
In a similar rambling post, he changed the wording slightly, writing, “Happy Birthday the. Greatest results disruptor n Chief President ever Trump Trump Trump.We Unconquered Seminole,Miccouskee Tribes,Seminole Hard Rock Worldwide millions of our customers,Seminole American Top Team,Warrior Boxing, say thank you and appreciation.”
He posted a video that appeared to be from a Trump rally, shouting “Trump, Trump, Trump.”
In another example, Sayoc wrote in one rambling tweet, “Go Republicans Red Wave Tsunami coming.We Unconquered Seminole Tribe,Hard Rock,Vets,Current,millions of our customers,Seminole American Top Team MMA,Say absolutely no way http://Dem.Progressive liberal left Hightaxes and Crime.Gillum can’t handle his own city Leon County Tal. Fl.” This is the top post on his Twitter page:
On Facebook, where his page is now deleted, he also posted political pro Trump and pro Republican photos.
On Twitter, Sayoc urged people to vote Republican and advocated for a red wave. He posted photos of Donald Trump on Twitter too. Read more of his social media posts here.
He made his politics blatantly clear on Twitter:
The U.S. Justice Department has confirmed there was an arrest and has now named him. Earlier, Pix11 News reporter Myles Miller wrote on Twitter, “BREAKING: Senior law-enforcement sources have confirmed this suspect is Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Fort Lauderdale, Fl.” Other news outlets have also confirmed that the suspect is Cesar A. Sayoc.
The male suspect was arrested at a business in Plantation, Florida, according to multiple media reports. When he was arrested, people immediately wondered: Is he a Republican or Democrat? There were twin theories that emerged after the packages were sent: Some people called him #magabomber because the packages were sent to critics of President Donald Trump. Others alleged it was a false flag attack by a liberal designed to blame Trump. However, it’s now clear that he supported Republicans and Trump, according to his van stickers and multiple posts on social media.
The sticker and decal-laden van was towed away from an Auto Zone as part of the investigation. CNN reports he was a customer at the business. “The van is covered with President Trump pictures and stickers,” reported Dan Krauth, of NBC. Matt Drudge, who is conservative, called the van “SUSPECT’S TRUMPMOBILE…” on Twitter. CNN also reported that the van is covered with Republican oriented stickers. Daily Caller, a conservative site, reported that the suspect “appears to own a white van covered in Trump- and Republican-Party-themed stickers and decals.” CBS News reported that a picture was taken at an earlier date that appeared to show the same van with stickers. CNN also showed images of the van being towed from the scene that reveal it is still littered with Trump and GOP stickers. One sticker read, “CNN sucks.”
Cesar Sayoc Is a Registered Republican
Florida voter records show that the suspect was registered to vote in that state – as a Republican. Florida voter records say the following:
CESAR A SAYOC
Date Of Registration:
Republican Party of Florida
In a news conference, federal authorities revealed that they believe Sayoc is the bomber. Here’s the complaint:
Sayoc is now accused of multiple federal crimes.
Sayoc Was Active on Social Media, Trashing Democrats and Praising Republicans on Twitter
In posts on Twitter, Cesar Sayoc expressed support for numerous conservative positions. He weighed in on multiple news events. He trashed Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump and criticized David Hogg, the Parkland, Florida high school student gun control activist. He wrote with a meme urging an NFL boycott, “Who cares barred , Banned ,Boycotted 4 life. Your sport weak more padding than armor fighter go cry about everything.” He showed a fixation with George Soros.
He posted about draining the swamp. He trashed Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters, and Elizabeth Warren.
Sayoc expressed anger toward members of the news media.
Sayoc has a lengthy criminal history in Florida including a past accusation of “threat to bomb,” CNN reported. Battery, fraud, drug possession are among his multiple Florida arrests.
He threatened actor George Clooney in one Twitter post, writing, “It a big celebration Georg Clooney crashes and should have died. We almost had a super celebration prays answer Hollywood slime of century died. His time coming awesome .”
On LinkedIn, Cesar Sayoc identified himself as “Promoter, booking agent Live entertainment, owner, choreographer.” He wrote that he was a veterinary medicine graduate, saying:
Career decision of becoming a Horse Doctor was always a love for animals, which were here first and never do anything to anyone. And respect all living things. My family very sound Sayoc name in Medical field Grandfather Col. Baltazar Zook Sayoc that perfect the conversion oriental eye to Americanize. The first plastic surgeon to be observed by 8 million people in NY city Hospital. He over through Communist Philippines liberated island. He built all hospitals in Philippines islands and sets standards highest level. Most surgeon use his instruments which are patented. And a lot surgeon use today. Also Sayoc intl. schools marshals arts Kali that used to over throw communist party . Also one 5 Hero’s disciplinary my mother Madeline Sayoc Giardiello First president Pharmacy Cosmetic Association, Who Who Business Women of Year, Soul buyer consultant for Home Shopping Network, head number 1 marketing consul in World Aventura Marketing consul, up for city counsel women Aventura.
He listed educational information that appears to be false in some cases. High Point University said in a statement that what the suspect wrote on LinkedIn about that university was false. “Cesar Altieri Sayoc never attended nor applied to High Point University,” the university stated in an email.
President Trump spoke at a young black leadership event shortly after the arrest was announced. The president said:
“I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has apprehended the suspect and taken him into custody. This is an incredible job by law enforcement. We’ve carried out a far-reaching federal, state and local investigation… these terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country. I’ve instructed authorities to spare no resource or expense…we will prosecute them, him, her, whoever it may be to the fullest extent of the law. We must never allow political violence to take root in America, and I’m committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it, and to stop it now.”
Previously, the president had tweeted, before the arrest, “Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this ‘Bomb’ stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”
The news of the suspect’s arrest came after a 12th package was discovered. It was addressed to James Clapper. The suspect lives in Southern Florida, according to CNN. His home address is in Aventura, Florida, according to CNN, and he has a criminal history and ties to New York. Fox News reported that he lives in north Miami Beach and is 56. The prior arrests were for terrorist threats, Fox added.
Fox News reported that authorities had been watching Sayoc for the past 24 hours. Cameras at a self-service kiosk helped authorities identify the man, Fox News reported. CNN reported that the network heard late on October 25, 2018 that authorities had made significant progress in the investigation. NYPD officials were also spotted at the scene in Plantation, Florida.
Plantation is located about 37 minutes from Miami and is in Broward County.
According to the network, there may be forensic evidence and images linked to the suspect. The network added that it’s believed federal authorities got their break in the case when authorities traced the packages’ path to a sorting facility in Florida. CNN later reported that they think forensic evidence does exist in the case. Authorities later revealed that fingerprint and DNA evidence solidified their belief that Sayoc was the package bomber.
Authorities Traced the Packages to a Mail Sorting Facility in Opa-Locka, Florida
NBC News reported that packages were traced to a sorting facility. It was an U.S. Postal Service facility in South Florida. The mail sorting facility was located in Opa-locka, Florida, and the Miami-Dade Police Department had indicated it was assisting federal agents who had zeroed in on that facility.
Among others, the packages, with crude explosive devices that did not explode, were sent to former Presidents Barack Obama and the residence of Bill and Hillary Clinton. One package turned up in the CNN mail room. Other critics of President Donald Trump, from George Soros to John Brennan to Robert De Niro, had packages sent to them. No one has been injured.