WASHINGTON (AP) Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc lived in an alternate universe where monstrous reptiles stalk people in Floridas Everglades, a malevolent Jewish billionaire pays American children to stage school shootings and German politicians are secretly being conceived using Adolf Hitlers frozen sperm.
Sayocs hallucinatory world, pieced together by The Associated Press from the digital residue of his now-disabled Twitter accounts, gives a hint of the toxic news diet of the Florida man who stands accused of mailing pipe bombs to more than a dozen of the United States most prominent left-leaning public figures. But Sayocs stew of animal gore and partisan hate does more than provide insight into the man arrested in his van in Miami on Friday. It also gives a taste of how conspiracy theories are finding an increased salience in American public sphere and a sometime-eager purveyor in the White House.
They are more prominent in our political discourse, said Joseph Uscinski, the co-author of American Conspiracy Theories, who explained that President Donald Trump won the Republican nomination in 2016 in part by bringing conspiracy-minded Republicans to the polling booths.