The New York Times has uncovered the man arrested by the authorities on Friday in connection with a series of bombs targeting Democrats leaders.
The paper says, the man appears to be an outspoken supporter of President Trump according to his posts on social media.
Cesar Sayoc 56, was charged on Friday with five federal crimes in connection with 13 suspicious packages sent to top Democrats, others.
The paper reported that Sayoc attended a rally by Mr. Trump in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Oct. 13, 2016; the president’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017; and then another rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Feb. 18, 2017.
At the first rally, which took place weeks before Election Day, the suspect recorded a selfie video.
At the same rally, Mr. Trump assailed the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, who had a suspicious package addressed to her Westchester County home in New York.
Mr. Sayoc, wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap, attended Mr. Trump’s inauguration, according to photos on what is believed to be one of his Twitter accounts.
At the second rally, in Melbourne, Fla., Mr. Sayoc can be seen in a photo holding a “Welcome President Trump” sign over his head according to reports.
At these rallies, Mr. Trump regularly took aim at the news media, deriding critical coverage of him as “fake news.”
At this particular rally, Mr. Trump said the media had “become a big part of the problem.” CNN, a frequent target of his criticism, had a suspicious package delivered to its New York City office on Wednesday.
Another one was intercepted at a mail facility in Midtown Manhattan on Friday.
On social media, Mr. Sayoc repeatedly attacked Democrats and other prominent figures who have criticized Mr. Trump, and voiced his support for a Republican “red wave” in the midterm elections.
A van Mr. Sayoc had was adorned in decals and text that praised Mr. Trump and his achievements.
One passage on a passenger window read: “Zero tolerance. Kill your enemy and those who rob you then take them to Everglade for gators.”
The first bomb was mailed to billionaire philanthropist George Soros, a scapegoat of choice who has been vilified by the political right and regarded as a puppet master by Trump, the Republican Party and white supremacists.
Other suspicious packages containing explosive devices were sent to President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama; President Bill Clinton and Trump’s former rival Hillary Clinton; former US attorney general Eric Holder, US Congresswomen Maxine Waters – attacked by Trump as a “low IQ person” – and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz; former CIA director John Brennan – regarded by Trump as “a total lowlife” and a “very bad guy” – and CNN, an ongoing target of inflammatory rhetoric by the president.
The news of the arrest came not long after authorities said several more suspicious packages were found on Friday, bringing the total number of explosive devices discovered over the past week to at least 13.