Explosive devices to Trump critics

The secret service has been busy. They recently intercepted a bomb addressed to Hillary Clinton and a potentially explosive package sent to former president Barack Obama. Neither are in immediate danger nor were they at risk to receive the packages due to postal screening.

According to the Associated Press, a U.S. official has concern about this instance being related to the explosive found on Monday at the residence of liberal billionaire George Soros.

In a related occurrence acknowledged by KSNT, a police bomb squad was sent to CNN’s offices in New York City and the newsroom was evacuated because of a suspicious package.

Bombs were sent to numerous other Trump critics.

It is now known that the dozen occurrences are all tied together. This string of terrorist-like incidents has gained enough traction for legitimate concern.

While the return address on the packages were both Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, the former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention, law enforcement authorities have deduced the culprit – Cesar Sayoc.

Sayoc, according to the New York Times, had over 100 potential targets lined up. Sayoc has been charged on enough counts to be sentenced to nearly 50 years behind bars. Law enforcement is now making it known to everyone who made it on the list that they were potential victims of Sayoc’s crime.

Sayoc was picked up outside of an AutoZone in Plantation, Florida on Friday, according to the Washington Examiner. His van is reported as being covered in “right wing paraphernalia.” Sayoc has a long line of criminal behavior. He has faced several felony charges, drug charges and theft charges over the course of his life.

This outbreak of terrorism was not surprising to many. Reports of political polarization being the root cause is one of the most popular consensus for origin. These ideas don’t stray from home either.

Emily Unruh, sophomore history and religious studies major, believes that this kind of behavior was long time coming.

“The bombs say a lot about the fear-based politics our nation is built on,” Unruh said. “I think our nation has always been built on fear, beginning with colonialism. It’s a structure that we are beginning to see collapse.”

Many are conspiring that it is no coincidence that all of this is happening around election time. Officials have taken to Sayoc’s social media and are examining his perceivable obsession with Donald Trump, and even more so with his opposition. Sayoc was a publicly political man.

Sophia Frick, a freshman at Washburn, recognizes the importance of not spreading hate among ourselves. 

“It’s silly that the division between parties is so immense,” Frick said. 

Sayoc will spend the next several weeks behind bars and in court rooms. No one was hurt and that the culprit has been identified.

This is a turbulent time for our nation, and politics may have divided us more than we have recognized.