Man in his 40s arrested for threatening ‘Trump assassination’
A man in his 60s was arrested Thursday for threatening to “kill Trump assassination” during an online conversation about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Associated Press.
A Facebook post made by the man in October included threats against Trump, the AP reported.
The affidavit was filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which is handling the case.
The man is charged with threatening to kill Trump and one count of making a terrorist threat.
“I have no hate for you, you’re a very nice man.
You’re a nice person, I don’t like you,” the Facebook post said.
“But you need to understand, the only reason I can say that is because I am a white man who is also black,” the man said in the post.
“If you want to know who you’re voting for, I’ll tell you who the next president of the United States is, that’s right, I will show you it.
He is the only one.”
The Facebook post also included a picture of a man holding a Trump mask, the affidavit said.
The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Facebook posts were made on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, but were removed after a local ABC affiliate reported they had been posted to the page, the sheriff’s department said.
Sheriff’s officials said Thursday that they do not know who the person is and did not identify the suspect.
The online discussion on the Facebook page centered on the 2016 election and Trump’s rhetoric on minorities and immigrants.
“In case you are not aware, the Republican Party has been using white supremacist, white nationalist rhetoric in the last couple of years,” the person in the Facebook thread said.
According to the affidavit, the person who made the post posted on the page a “list of names” for “Trump supporters” and “white nationalists” and called for violence against the Republican presidential candidate.
The posts were allegedly made on Facebook and were posted to several other sites, including the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer.
“The reason that Trump’s supporters are so afraid of you is because you are going to do your best to take away their jobs, they are going the same way that you’re going to take their guns away, you know what I’m saying?” the person said in one post.
Another person posted a picture that said “I will not forgive you, the next time you see a Trump supporter and call them a Trump, I am going to kill them.”
The person in charge of the page said in a statement Thursday that the Facebook posts had been removed.
“We will not tolerate any violence on social media, and we will not allow any content that threatens our community to be shared,” the statement said.
Authorities said the sheriff was not aware of any threats against the sheriff or the sheriff in any other way.