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Registered Republican Bomb Suspect’s Social Media History More Than Suggests ‘MAGAbomber’ Name Has Merit


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It took a few days, but authorities have tracked down the person they believe is responsible for sending suspicious packages with explosives inside to various critics of President Donald Trump. The suspect has been identified as Cesar Sayoc, 56.

Given the intended recipients (Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan, CNN, former Attorney General Eric Holder, liberal billionaire donor George Soros, Rep. Maxine Waters,  Robert De Niro, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper) of the “potentially destructive devices” the suspect was preemptively branded with the moniker, MAGAbomber.

Images from the suspect’s apparent Facebook page — the account name and the photos posted therein indicate that the suspect in the mugshot above and the man in those pictures are the same person — more than suggest that the MAGAbomber nickname has merit.

In a few photos, Sayoc is pictured wearing MAGA hats. He appears to have attended a Trump rally in October 2016. His profile was rife with memes, whether anti-Muslim or anti-gun control.

He also took a photos of the president.

The suspect’s Twitter history has also drawn attention.

“Go Trump Trump Trump hey Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. And Eric Himpton Holder Sr. Stick your BS all crap you talk where sun doesn’t shine . We will meet your threats right to your face soon,” one tweet said, according to the Washington Examiner.

Authorities were reportedly able to track down Sayoc through cell phone records.

Earlier Friday, authorities swarmed a location in Florida and were quick to cover a white van covered in decals.

That van caught the attention of people in the past. As you can see, amid all of the pro-Trump messages were messages like “CNN Sucks.”

Lesley Abravanel tweeted, “OMG. My husband just called and said ‘Remember that picture I texted you of that crazy Trump van that delivered lunch to my office? THAT WAS THE GUY!’ This is the picture he sent me of the van parked at his office on November 1, 2017.”

Sayoc is a registered Republican, according to Miami-Dade records Law&Crime obtained.

None of the packages he allegedly sent exploded or harmed the apparent intended targets.

Sayoc’s criminal record dates back some years. Miami-Dade records obtained by Law&Crime show that he was sentenced to a year of probation in 2002. Documents name the charge as “BOMB/THREAT TO THROW.”

He was reportedly arrested in 2013 for grand theft.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman announced that there would be a press conference at 2:30 p.m., so stay tuned.

Alberto Luperon contributed to this report. 

[Image via Twitter screengrab]

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.