LONDON (AP) — Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc appears to have lived in a hallucinatory world populated by monstrous reptiles and malevolent billionaires.
But the paranoid stew of ideas he posted online gives a taste of how conspiracy theories are finding both an increased salience in American public sphere and a sometime-eager purveyor in the White House.
Sayoc’s Twitter feeds included references to bogus allegations that passenger aircraft were spraying the atmosphere with brain-altering poisons and that Hillary Clinton indulged in child sacrifice.
Sayoc was also obsessed with George Soros, the Jewish investor and Holocaust survivor who has served as a boogeyman for neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and Republicans.
The Soros obsession mirrors the preoccupations of President Trump, who recently accused Soros of financing anti-Trump protests and chuckled as supporters called for Soros to be thrown in prison.