Romney Death Threats

Title: Secret Service 'Aware' Of Threats Against Romney
October 17, 2012
Weekly Standard

Abstract: Twitchy reports that "Post-presidential debate, Obama supporters renew vows to murder Mitt Romney." The threats are numerous--and explicit and graphic. Many call for Romney's murder or assassination.

The Secret Service confirms it is "aware" of the threats against Romney, a spokesman for the federal agency confirms.

"The Secret Service is aware of this and will conduct appropriate follow up if necessary," Brian Leary, a spokesman for the United States Secret Service, says in an email.

Here is a small sampling, compiled by Twitchy:

I'm gonna murder Romney right now—
Weston Sebree (@WestonSebree) October 17, 2012

Somebody needs to asassinate This mofo Romney 16 Oct 12

If Romney is elected, I'm going to assassinate him #sniperstyle—
Erin (@erinheaven) October 17, 2012

if romney's elected as president, I will personally assassinate him.—
Rihanna Taught Me (@breeziedeeznuts) October 17, 2012 (Weekly Standard, 2012).

Title: Obama Supporters Continue Threats To Riot, Assassinate Romney
October 23, 2012

Despite the issue garnering a significant amount of media interest as well as the attention of the Secret Service, Obama supporters continued their threats to riot and assassinate Mitt Romney if Obama loses in the aftermath of last night’s presidential debate.

As we reported last week, Twitter has been flooded recently with violent comments from Obama supporters. The increase in volume of the comments seemed to coincide with Romney’s poll numbers edging higher against Obama.

Not only have Obama voters been making open threats that they will riot and cause mayhem, they have also been caught making direct threats to assassinate Mitt Romney, prompting the Secret Service to announce that it was “aware” of the threats and would “conduct appropriate follow up if necessary.”

Despite the fact that the media reported extensively on threats made against Obama prior to the 2008 election, their silence on the threats made against Romney has been deafening. Indeed, the act of a few old guys hanging up empty chairs in reference to Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech garnered substantially more coverage and concern from the press compared to hundreds if not thousands of tweets threatening violence against Mitt Romney.

Americans who simply display political signs expressing opposition to Obama’s policies have been treated as potential violent threats by authorities in the past, and yet not a single Twitter user has faced retribution for making direct and sometimes graphic death threats against Romney.

Leftists routinely cry foul and attempt to demonize conservatives as violent extremists whenever online rhetoric gets heated, and yet when their own engage in even worse conduct, their behavior is absolved and the media is disinterested.

Before the Secret Service announced they were investigating the threats, Obama front group Think Progress attempted to imply that the whole story was somehow a racist contrivance dreamed up by the Drudge Report and Infowars.

Here are just a selection of tweets from Obama supporters threatening riots and violence during and after last night’s foreign policy debate. There are too many to reprint in full.

If the Secret Service does plan on following this up, they are going to be very busy indeed (Infowars, 2012).

Title: Twitter Users Who Threatened To Kill Romney Still Active
October 29, 2012

Twitter accounts belonging to Obama supporters who publicly threatened to assassinate the GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are still active, indicating that the threats could have been overlooked.

Scores of accounts remain active despite their owners having committed the felony, under Public Law 18 USC § 879, of knowingly and willfully threatening to kill a major candidate for the office of President.

A cursory check reveals that all the users listed in our original articles on the issue are still active on the social network site, although some have since removed their threatening comments.

“The Secret Service receives intelligence information from a wide variety of sources; general public, local law enforcement, federal agencies, intelligence agencies,” Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told The Weekly Standard. “This also includes information received from Twitter.”

Leary added: “Any time we receive information we have to make an assessment on things like veracity and/or urgency while also considering context and dangerousness. Once the assessment is made the appropriate follow up has to be determined.”

He noted that the Secret Service considers a “wide range” of actions against individuals making such threats “from a conversation determining someone’s intent all the way up to working with the local U.S. Attorney’s Office on prosecuting someone.”

Regarding the Twitter users, Leary said that the Secret Service “Absolutely has the capabilities” to identify and track them.

While the threats against Romney have seemingly been ignored, the Secret Service paid visits to the offenders within hours of separate incidents last week involving less direct, more implied threats against Obama.

As we reported last week, the online threats prompted the Department of Homeland Security to announce that they were monitoring the situation. The Secret Service also encouraged other Twitter users to “self police” the social media website and report offensive tweets directly to the agency.

Officials also say that the FBI is aware of the threats and has obtained the identities of specific individuals “of interest” from telecommunications companies.

The mainstream media has maintained blanket silence on the issue, while some “progressive” websites have accused Infowars and The Drudge Report of dreaming up the story as a conspiracy theory (Infowars, 2012).

Title: Man Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Romney
November 1, 2012
Prison Planet

A 19-year-old man was arrested after threatening to shoot Mitt Romney during the presidential candidate’s visit to Ohio, just one of a recent wave of violent threats against Romney that have been downplayed by the media.

During class at Lorain County Community College earlier this week, Shaquille L. Brown spoke of his plan to assassinate the former Governor of Massachusetts.

“According to a police report, Brown was in an English class when he blurted out: “Can we leave, because Romney is in town and I want to go shoot him,” reports Fox 8 Cleveland.

On the same day that Brown made the threat, Romney was speaking at a campaign stop just 20 minutes away at a high school in Avon Lake.

Brown’s stunned teacher immediately contacted police as the 19-year-old was escorted to the college’s security office. Brown pleaded his innocence, telling an officer, “I don’t even have a gun to do it.”

The Elyria Police Department contacted the Secret Service who sent an agent to interview Brown, who is now being held in the Lorain County Jail.

Brown was subsequently charged with one count of “inducing panic,” a low-level felony, and continued to claim that the threat was just a joke.

The arrest follows a deluge of threats made against Romney over the last few weeks, most notably on Twitter where hundreds of users advocated the use of violence against the presidential candidate if he defeated Obama in the election.

Although the Secret Service announced that it was monitoring the situation, an investigation by the Weekly Standardfound that, “More than a dozen Twitter accounts that were used as a medium to publically threaten Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s life after the second presidential debate remain active.”

Not to be outdone, scores of Obama supporters took to the social networking website earlier this week to express their desire that Romney would be killed by Hurricane Sandy.

Despite the fact that the establishment media routinely hypes violent online rhetoric made by conservatives and “right-wingers,” the deluge of threats made against Romney over the past month have been met with virtual silence. Only a handful of blogs as well as the Drudge Report have consistently reported on the issue.

Compare that to the response prior to the 2008 campaign, when threats made against Obama were routinely a national news story. While threats to assassinate Obama were treated with the seriousness they deserved, leftists have characterized violent and sometimes graphically precise threats made against Romney as sophomoric jokes (Prison Planet, 2012).

Title: Threats To Riot By Obama Supporters Reach Crescendo
November 5, 2012
Prison Planet

After weeks of threats by Obama supporters on Twitter to riot if Mitt Romney wins the presidential election, a modicum of media attention on the issue has done little to dampen the enthusiasm for mayhem, with the social network today being overwhelmed with more threats to riot.

Indeed, a rough estimation of tweets suggests that about two dozen threats to riot if Obama loses are being published on Twitter every hour.

The tweets below were all sent out within the same one hour time period this morning.

Access Tweets: Here

It is important to emphasize that such threats have been ongoing for weeks ever since the first presidential debate.

It appears as though the violent rhetoric has increased on the back of several left-wing media personalities openly espousing the idea that Romney and his supporters should be targeted for reprisals should Obama lose.

During HBO’s Real Time on Friday, host Bill Maher “joked” that Obama supporters would carry out acts of violence against Romney supporters if Romney won, a classless piece of satire given the fact that genuine threats to assassinate Romney and his supporters have flooded Twitter for weeks.

“If you’re thinking about voting for Mitt Romney, I would like to make this one plea: black people know who you are and they will come after you,” said Maher.

Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard asked what the reaction would be if a comedian had “joked” about Romney supporters targeting blacks.

“Imagine for a moment the outrage if a conservative commentator said even jokingly to Obama supporters, “White people know who you are and they will come after you.”

In addition, a video ad produced by Michael Moore and MoveOn last week included an Obama supporter threatening to “burn this mother****** down!” if Romney won. As Breitbart.com noted, this and the myriad of other threats towards Romney have been largely ignored by the Secret Service.

Obama supporting media figures have accused Infowars, Twitchy and the Drudge Report of stirring racism merely for reprinting the offensive tweets. MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh today accused Twitchy of engaging in “ugly racial paranoia.”

“It sounds to us like Walsh is suggesting that we should ignore riot threats (and perhaps assassination threats, too?) if they come primarily from “anonymous” African Americans. In other words, we should hold non-famous black people to a lower standard than we expect from famous people or white people. Who, then, is the racist?” asks a Twitchy blog post.

Despite the fact that the media reported extensively on threats made against Obama prior to the 2008 election, their silence on the threats made against Romney has been deafening (Prison Planet, 2012).