Two assassination threats against President-elect Donald Trump have become public, and surely there are far more that are keeping the Secret Service busy.
A 24-year-old man from Cleveland, Ohio was arrested after tweeting “My life goal is to assassinate Trump.” And the CEO of a cyber security firm posted on Facebook, “Nope, getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the whitehouse [sic] that suits you…I’ll find you,” along with the more succinct “I’m going to kill the president, Elect.”
CEO former employee of PacketSled, followed up with “Bring it secret service.” Yeah. The board of directors took him up on it.
The PacketSled Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO Matthew Harrigan, effective immediately. Fred Wilmot, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, will serve as interim CEO while the Board of Directors conducts a search for a permanent replacement. We want to be very clear, PacketSled does not condone the comments made by Mr. Harrigan, which do not reflect the views or opinions of the company, its employees, investors or partners.
Oh, and about the Secret Service, they got that covered too. Brought it.
PacketSled takes recent comments made by our CEO, seriously. Once we were made aware of these comments, we immediately reported this information to the secret service and will cooperate fully with any inquiries.
The federal law that protected Trump as a candidate is actually the same one that protects him as president-elect. 18 U.S.C. § 879:
(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon –
(1) a former President or a member of the immediate family of a former President;
(2) a member of the immediate family of the President, the President-elect, the Vice President, or the Vice President-elect;
(3) a major candidate for the office of President or Vice President, or a member of the immediate family of such candidate; or
(4) a person protected by the Secret Service under section 3056(a)(6); shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
Now that Trump will imminently take the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, the Secret Service is going to be very, very serious about dealing with threats and making examples of people dumb enough to publicly make them–online or otherwise.
Matt Harrigan (who tried to claim it was just a joke) and Zachary Benson (who said he had been out drinking) found out the hard way.
President Obama can sympathize. An average of about 30 death threats a day are recorded by the Secret Service against the sitting president. There’s evidence Trump will top that, and quickly.
Don’t be stupid. Keep your private thoughts of vengeance upon Trump, private.