Mail Bombings Suspect Appeared To Promote Trump, Conspiracies On Social Media

Numerous social media accounts that appear to belong to the Florida man reportedly suspected of carrying out a string of mail bomb attacks this week are overflowing with far-right conspiracies and pro-Trump propaganda.

Reuters, CNN and MSNBC have reported that Cesar Sayoc, Jr. was arrested Friday and taken into custody on suspicion of having sent crude mail bombs to CNN’s New York headquarters and prominent Democratic figures including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Sayoc is a 56-year-old Hollywood, Florida resident, CNN reported.

Active Facebook accounts under the names Cesar Altieri and Cesar Altieri Randazzo and Twitter accounts under the names Cesar Altieri and Julus Cesar Milan are full of photographs of a man similar in appearance to mugshots of a Cesar Sayoc arrested repeatedly in Florida. Altieri appears to be a family name.

The accounts are packed with a steady stream of images of President Trump and Vice President Pence giving the thumbs up, of memes about the incoming “red tsunami” in the midterm elections, and of Democrats engaging in “bribery” and “corruption.”

The posts are full of misspellings, run-on sentences, and bizarre stream-of-consciousness word vomit.

One typical post on a Twitter account belonging to a Cesar Altieri reads: “GoTrump WeUnconquered SeminoleTribe,Hard Rock,MillionsOf our customers,Vets,Current Serving,Seminole American Top TeamMMA,Stand cgreatest President ever shut the boarder down.This our land not theirs May10,1842our chief grandfatherSteve Osceola defeat Pres.John Tyler1,500 troops.”

Names, addresses and even the state of Florida were misspelled on some of the packages sent to Democratic figures this week.

The Facebook timeline for Cesar Altieri Randazzo doesn’t show any new content since October 2016. Dozens of videos and photographs show the alleged suspect attending Trump rallies and holding signs with Michael Symonette, head of the “Blacks for Trump” group and a former member of a violent cult.

A Twitter account under the name Cesar Altieri frequently posted memes and pictures linked to the far-right—and to many targets of the bombs.

Sayoc tweeted multiple images involving Hungarian billionaire George Soros. One image features a large menorah, calling Soros “the Godfather of the Left” with a graphic alleging that he controls the mainstream media.

Another tweet falsely claimed that the February 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida was a false flag operation or “con job” carried out at Soros’ direction.

Other tweets appear to link Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) with murders in Los Angeles, while other tweets accuse Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL) of grand corruption.

One post, dated February 7, 2018, appeared to show police activity near a railway crossing.

“Illegals rounded up tonight face ID,” Altieri wrote in the post.

Another Twitter profile featuring a photo of Sayoc that he linked to from his Alteri account posted as recently as Oct. 23.

Sayoc’s Linkedin page lists him as “Cesar Altieri” and describes him as “Promoter, booking agent Live entertainment, owner, chorepographer.”

On the page, Sayoc describes himself as working at “Cesar Palace Burlesque Show Clubs” and as working as a roadie for Chippendales.

In a description of his university education at Brevard College in North Carolina, Sayoc wrote in an error-riddled post that his grandfather “over through Communist Philippines liberated island. He built all hospitals in Philippines islands and sets standards highest level. Most surgeon use his instruments which are patented. And a lot surgeon use today. Also Sayoc intl. schools marshals arts Kali that used to over throw communist party.”

Sayoc mentioned the Seminole Hard Rock chain in dozens of posts, but he does not appear to have any formal affiliation with the tribe or the chain.

In a statement to TPM, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock International said, “We can find no evidence that Cesar Altieri, Caesar Altieri, Caesar Altieri Sayoc, Ceasar Altieri Randazzo (Facebook) or Julus Cesar Milan (Twitter) is or was a member or employee of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, or is or was an employee of Seminole Gaming or Hard Rock International. At this time, we cannot verify if he is or was an employee of a vendor company.”

Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

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