Bomber Who Targeted Trump’s Critics Was a Trump Supporter

Law enforcement has arrested a man in connection with the series of bombs sent to Democratic targets.

A man in Florida was taken into custody Friday and will be charged in connection with the series of bombs found this week addressed to critics of President Donald Trump, law enforcement officials said shortly after the latest two devices were found.

Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, who has been arrested before, is currently in custody, law enforcement officials said. DNA evidence played a role in the arrest, law enforcement told NBC News. Sayoc was previously charged in 2002 with making a bomb threat, but it’s not clear what the how the case was adjudicated. He was also arrested for theft in 1992 and 2014.

Sayoc filed for bankruptcy in 2012, and is registered as Republican, according to public records.

In addition, both Sen. Cory Booker and former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have been added to the list of targets.

Investigators were seen throwing a tarp over a van at the scene where Sayoc was arrested. It appeared to have dozens of pictures of Trump and decals all over the windows. A similar van had been spotted previously in the area.

As we speak, people are combing through the Sayoc’s social media feeds and themes are clearly emerging.

The Facebook account is almost exclusively pro-Trump content, including pictures and videos Sayoc purportedly filmed at one of the president’s political rallies. And the Twitter feed is littered with far-right conspiracy theories or violent threats aimed at some of President Trump’s most outspoken critics.

As Stephen Andrew noted on Twitter, never underestimate Occam’s Razor.

Occam’s razor is a principle from philosophy. Suppose there exist two explanations for an occurrence. In this case the one that requires the least speculation is usually better.

The explanation that requires the least speculation would be that the suspect who sent bombs to a list of people Donald Trump has consistently identified as his enemies would be a supporter of Donald Trump. At this point, it certainly looks like the term “MAGA bomber” was right on target.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.