The targets have one feature in common: all of them are political rivals of Donald Trump. This incident, which has captivated national attention all week, will likely have far-reaching political and social consequences.
I am just waiting for Trump to always blame the media and Democrats. He is incapable of taking responsibility for his own wrongdoings then again if he was normal President, we wouldn't have #MAGABomber today. pic.twitter.com/iBmflAx1Yt
It is unclear what motivated this obsession with the president. But it will be hard for Trump to claim that his rhetoric and actions are not at least partly responsible for instigating Sayoc's attacks.
He worships celebrity
If reports are accurate, Sayoc gained a following among Trump-supporting extremists.
MAGA Bomber Cesar Sayoc, Jr was a regular at Trump rallies and considered a "celebrity" amongst the fanatics. pic.twitter.com/KgoC12RjIj
The aim for celebrity may have motivated him to send those packages. This would suggest that, in fact, Sayoc wanted to be caught.
That could actually be more troubling. If Sayoc planned on his capture, his true aim may have been to inspire other fanatics.
Sayoc also provides insight into Trump's cult-like following. While, of course, Sayoc is an outlier and most Trump-supporters do not harbour violent inclinations (though the policies they support do inflict physical harm), he is a symptom of an alarming phenomenon: personality-worship and the subsequent escalation of American political discourse from rhetorical disagreements to volatile conflict.
The far-right is going crazy with conspiracy theories
For days, individuals on the far-right have claimed that the "MAGABomber" is a Democratic operative working to tarnish Trump's reputation.
When Sayoc's name was released, some pointed out that one possible anagram of his name is "a accessory." This has only bolstered conspiracy theories.
Such theories are dangerous and only further inflame fanatics like Sayoc.
He has a mysterious history
Sayoc runs multiple mysterious business, including, apparently, a strip club, dry cleaning store, and catering company.
He has also been arrested multiple times already.
*If* The pipe bomb suspect has been correctly identified, (as 56 y/o Cesar Sayoc) worth noting that according to Lexis/Nexis, he runs a couple of companies with “Native American” in the title pic.twitter.com/AXRPwifB4k