March 23, 2019, 5:01

The pipe bomb suspect made vitriolic, threatening posts against Democrats on social media

The pipe bomb suspect made vitriolic, threatening posts against Democrats on social media

On Friday, police arrested Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Florida in connection to the pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats around the country.

Social media accounts apparently belonging to Sayoc seemed to have tweeted threatening words and images at some of those Democrats — including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Attorney General Eric Holder — in the past.

We can’t confirm with 100 percent certainty that Sayoc is connected to the accounts. But they have a history going back well before his name was publicly released, and several of the social media posts contain images that are also on the van that police took into custody in connection to the pipe bomb mailings.

One tweet directed at Biden and Holder stated, “We will meet your threats right to your face soon.”

Another to Biden said, “Hug your loved son,Niece,wife family real close everytime U walk out your home” — with an aerial view of Biden’s home with a target superimposed on it. The same day, the account tweeted several menacing images at Biden, including one of a sheep being beheaded and another of severed legs.

“See U soon tick tock 4,” said one tweet to Holder.

“Kerry shut criminal mouth before you vanish with all BS crap,” read a tweet in response to a story about former Secretary of State John Kerry.

The social media posts make it very clear that Sayoc, if these are his social media accounts, is a big supporter of President Donald Trump, even attending rallies for the president. And he is a huge critic of Democratic politicians and supporters — including several who were targeted by the pipe bomb mailings.

Here are seven things we can pull from the social media posts.

1) Sayoc made vitriolic and threatening posts about Democrats

Sayoc dedicated a lot of posts to criticizing and threatening Democrats, including several of the people — such as the Obamas, the Clintons, Holder, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) — who were mailed pipe bombs.

2) Sayoc perpetuated conspiracy theories about liberal billionaire George Soros

Sayoc often posted criticisms and conspiracy theories aimed at George Soros, a billionaire who regularly backs liberal policies and candidates for office. Soros is a common target of the right, even though many of the claims about him are exaggerated or outright false.

3) Sayoc is a big supporter of President Donald Trump

Based on several of the postings, Sayoc is a longtime supporter of Trump — attending Trump rallies, wishing Trump a happy birthday, and criticizing media organizations that Trump also criticized.

4) He is also a big supporter of Florida Republicans

Sayoc strongly supported the campaigns of Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate for Florida governor, and Rick Scott, the current governor and Republican candidate for the Senate.

5) Sayoc insulted Republicans who criticized Trump

Sayoc went after Republicans who criticized Trump, particularly Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and those who worked on immigration reform.

6) Sayoc is a big supporter of all sorts of conspiracy theories

From chemtrails to lithium to suggesting the Parkland, Florida, shooting was a hoax, Sayoc is a big supporter of totally unfounded conspiracy theories.

7) Sayoc identifies as Native American

Sayoc regularly tied his politics and beliefs to his Native American identity, frequently citing the “Unconquered Seminole Tribe.” But Seminole Tribe spokesperson Gary Bitner said, “There’s no record of him being a member of the Tribe. He’s not a member of the Seminole Tribe, has never been a member of the Seminole Tribe.“

Source: vox.com

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