Law enforcement officials have arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc in connection with the string of bombing attempts that have targeted political rivals of President Donald Trump since last weekend.
Sayoc was apprehended Friday morning at an Auto Zone store in Plantation, Florida, reports say.
Shortly after he was taken into custody, video footage of Sayoc attending a Trump rally in Cincinatti, Ohio in October 2016 emerged online. Sayoc is a registered Republican, according to early reports.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 26, 2018
He also posted video of himself at a Trump rally for Trump’s birthday.
He seems nice.
And HERE is the man himself, Cesar Sayoc, who tried to ASSASSINATE a large portion of the leadership of the Democratic party — AT A TRUMP RALLY. pic.twitter.com/fvaOZ9Li40
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) October 26, 2018
Twitter exploded with disgust as users connected Sayoc’s fondness of Trump as motivation for the attempted assassinations.
Caught him red-hatted.
— kwtalk (@kwtalk) October 26, 2018
This rally is in Cincinnati. He lived in FL. How many rallies has he attended? How many other rallies are attended by groupies? Did he drive his van to OH? How many other rally goers have vans covered with Pro-Trump, pro violence stickers and clippings? #MAGABomber
— 🌊30piecesofsilver (@30piecesofsilve) October 26, 2018
Soldier of Trump
— Louis Cyphre (@MefistoLouis) October 26, 2018
another one of trump's very fine people. pardon coming before or after midterms?
— beavis trickle (@eptcb126) October 26, 2018
— Tali Garcia (@Neftalii_Garcia) October 26, 2018
— Katie Ann Records (@KatieAnnRecords) October 26, 2018
Not even remotely shocked.
— Yusuf 🐉 (@YusufInNamekian) October 26, 2018
You talk like Trump does & you stoke, in people who already harbor hate & God knows what other issues, fires that lead to dangerous actions like Cesar Sayoc’s! I wish more than anything else peace for the world. We don’t have to love one another but we can live & let live.
— Waithira M. Protano (@In2TheSunshine2) October 26, 2018
Authorities also towed and impounded Sayoc’s white van, which was plastered with pro-Trump bumper stickers and decals showing prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton – to whom one of the bombs was sent – and Michael Moore – in crosshairs.