What Took So Long? Man Finally Arrested For 2020 Threat To Kill President Trump

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 12 January 2022 12:00
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A New York man was charged with threatening to kill former President Donald Trump after making threats during a phone call with the U.S. Capitol Police.

Thomas Welnicki of Rockaway Beach, New York, announced on a July 21, 2020 phone call, that he would take violent action against then-President Trump if he did not step down upon losing the election.

"If [Trump] loses the 2020 election and refuses to step down," Welnicki would "acquire weapons" and "take him down," authorities stated in a criminal complaint filed on Saturday.

Welnicki reportedly boasted to police while on the phone how easy it was for him to get a firearm. "I don't want to hurt anyone, but I will stand up to fascism," the man told the Capitol Police.

At the end of his interview, Welnicki told Capitol Police that "I really hope that God takes [Trump] out," according to the filing.

Welnicki left two voice messages on January 4, 2021, with the Secret Service threatening violence, the filing states. Welnicki threatened to murder Trump and 12 unidentified politicians who he thought "backed" Trump in the first call. He argued there was a $350,000 reward out for whoever killed these individuals. The second voicemail had Welnicki stating he would aid anyone willing to assist him in shooting Trump or the other politicians.

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Welnicki made more calls after his initial interview, stating he would "do everything I can to make sure [Trump] is dead."

While the complaint does not directly refer to Trump, it says that "individual 1" served as President from January 20, 2017, to January 20, 2021.

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Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Welnicki on Friday, according to Reuters.

Threats against notable politicians are common. In November, a man in Arizona was convicted on charges of leaving death threats on Nancy Pelosi's voicemail.

Meanwhile, a man in Arizona has been found guilty of threatening to kill Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over the phone.

A jury convicted Steven Arthur Martis on Thursday for "one count of communicating an interstate threat to kill or harm Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi," announced the Arizona Department of Justice.

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"This case is an important reminder that, although the First Amendment protects our right to free speech, which is one of our most precious individual rights, the United States Attorney's Office takes threats to kill or harm another individual through a phone call or other form of interstate communication very seriously," announced acting U.S. Attorney Glenn B. McCormick in a press statement.

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