Secret Service Is Dealing With Over 12,000 Tweets Calling For Trump's Assassination

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As Silicon Valley's tech billionaires continue their crack down on "fake news", "hate speech" and dissenting conservative opinions of all forms (see this from last night: "Reddit Bans Three Alt-Right Forums As Users Blast 'Leftist Intolerance'"), one thing they don't seem to be that worried about is death threats to the President of the United States.  In fact, just a quick search of Twitter reveals 1,000s of tweets calling for the assassination of Trump.


But while Twitter and Facebook may be distracted with censoring conservative opinions under the guise of a crack down on "fake news" and/or "hate speech", as Heather Lowrey of Louisville, Kentucky recently discovered, the U.S. Secret Service is taking social media threats against the President very seriously.  Per the Courier-Journal:

The U.S. Secret Service field office in Louisville is still investigating the tweet sent by Heather Lowrey, according to special agent Richard Ferretti. It said, "If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump. #bekind #trump #lovetrumpshate," according to a screenshot provided to the Courier-Journal.


Lowrey could have violated United States Code Title 18, Section 871, "Threats Against President and Successors to the Presidency," which prohibits knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making "any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States." The charge, a Class E felony, is punishable by at least one year in prison and a maximum of five years.


"Think twice before they send it out," he said. "We are definitely monitoring social media."

Ironically, Heather signed her tweet calling for the assassination of the President with #bekind and #lovetrumpshate.

Trump Tweet


Meanwhile, 24 year old Zachary Benson of Cleveland found himself in a jail cell shortly after his election night tweet storm.  Per the New York Daily News:

 A suburban Cleveland man who tweeted that his “life goal is to assassinate Trump” was charged with making threats on the president-elect, the feds said.


Zachary Benson, 24, also tweeted “F---ing fools. I hate you all” just as election returns assuring Donald Trump’s victory hit national airwaves, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday and obtained by WKYC-TV. Investigators said he was later apologetic about the tweets.


“Diplomacy. F---ing fools. I hate you all. I want to bomb every one of your voting booths and your general areas," Benson tweeted at 1:25 a.m. on Nov. 9, according to investigators.


“My life goal is to assassinate Trump,” he tweeted 17 minutes later, the complaint showed. “Don't care if I serve infinite sentences. That man deserves to decease existing.”

Ohio Tweet


As Mashable points out, in the 12 days since Trump's inauguration, approximately 12,000 tweets have gone out calling for his assassination.  And while the U.S. Secret Service can't possibly follow up on the threats of that many disaffected snowflakes, people who have a history of criminal activity and/or those who make several threats should probably expect a knock on their door. 

Former U.S. Secret Service special agent Tim Franklin, who is now a criminology and criminal justice professor of counterterrorism and cybercrimes at Arizona State University, said in a phone call Tuesday that "it’s the people who have a true and genuine intent to do harm that the Secret Service is worried about."


That's why one-off posts and people with no record of threatening messages tend to get passed over. He said the Secret Service is looking out for trends and consistent behavior, like the person who repeats their intent to kill the president over time. If someone has made threats in the past they are more likely to get investigated when they post another "Kill Trump"


"They're not going to to beat down the door of everybody who makes a negative Twitter comment," Franklin said, which may be a relief to anyone who tweeted an off-hand and not entirely serious death wish for the new president.


But for users who use certain language and specific details about the president, his location and how the assassination will happen, the Secret Service will likely take notice.

And while Twitter and Facebook have explicit rules prohibiting "threats of violence", thousands of Trump threats seemingly slip through the crack every day.

On the platform side, Facebook and Twitter have policies in place to take down threatening posts. As Twitter said in an email statement, "The Twitter Rules prohibit threats of violence, and we will suspend accounts violating that policy." Facebook similarly said under their "credible threats policy" they remove posts showing intent to kill the president.


Yet thousands of posts that use the words "kill" and "assassinate" remain up — most of them targeting the president no less. The platforms can't seem to keep up with the influx of death threats and don't seem to be upholding their own policies as strictly as they would like.

But, we can certainly understand that Facebook and Twitter have a hard time keeping up with enforcing their own policies...censoring "fake news", a.k.a. anything that is overly critical of Hillary Clinton, really is a full-time job.

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MFL5591's picture

Liberals will not win this war, that is a fact!

TeamDepends's picture

Most of us felt this way about Obongodinga, what with him being a communist manchurian mole and all, but we were smart enough to not put it in writing.

froze25's picture

Good 12,000 less wing nuts to deal with, start lockin them up. It won't stop till arrest start.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Agreed, it is surprising how stupid these people are.  First, the AG.  Then, 900 of her underlings.  Now, 12,000 useful idiots.

knukles's picture

Methinks we have another front opened, a Purple Revolution.
A gift from the NWO
They will not go silently, this being for all the marbles.

We are at war. 

flaminratzazz's picture

ok..hmmm. so just exactly how much ammo is enough?

Syrin's picture

Before putting them in jail, put them in orange and make them help build the wall.   That will eat at their souls the rest of their lives.

AnonymousCitizen's picture

All the illegal aliens can help build the wall too. When it's done, they'll just be on the other side of it. No muss, no fuss.

NidStyles's picture

Nope, they will build weak spots on purpose. Keep them 10 miles away from the construction.


I sometimes wonder how many of these are real, and how many are actually government employees being paid to post shit on the internet.


The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) NidStyles Feb 3, 2017 6:02 PM

Put every one of these 1200 in jail even if it is just for 72 hours.  They need to feel what it is like to be in jail.


darkstar7646's picture

What about those of us who have, and understand that the experience there has been better than most anything before or since?

Manthong's picture

Need... more... space.

…in Gitmo

TeamDepends's picture

And make sure they share a cell with Bubba. That'll learn 'em.

wolfessannie's picture

Actually, the only illegal aliens are the orange ape and his basket -- er, offspring -- of mo-RONIC (family) deplorables!

CheapBastard's picture

Convert all those malls Obama forced into bankruptcy into prisons and lock these fanatics up for 2 years.

However, make an example of a handful with a severe penalty and others will run back to their rat holes.

fishpoem's picture

Bingo! There are rooms full of military personnel operating under fake Internet personna. Bright folks, most of them, doing a pointless, boring job. How better to spice it up than with zany ZH postings? Much of it clever. Some hilarious. A few priceless.

StychoKiller's picture

The Internet Water Army marches on!

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Social media is a .gov psyop being used to manufacture consent for a global police state. All these companies operate in symphony spreading propaganda and group think. I cant believe anything anymore....fuuuuck

Beowulf55's picture

Food for thought:  A wall can keep people out or it can keep people in.

Think IRS and passports.

darkstar7646's picture

You'd shoot me first.

It's one of the reasons I know I am not long for this Earth.

So It Goes's picture

No I disagree.

It will be enough when the big boys make them grab their ankles.

BabaLooey's picture


Just Tweet them all a big Twat-response;

"You're under arrest. Report to the nearest Sheriff's office and self-surrender. You have 24 hours.

Non-compliance will result in you being out on the Most Twatted Alive Posters on Facebook."

-Nasty Canasta - 

OregonGrown's picture

I am hoping 60k rounds will be more than suffice!


Meh. 60 k rounds is a nice weekend out at the range. 

oncefired's picture

Better to let them run wild for a while, then us Deplorables will clean it up and save a bunch of range fees in the process!

DirtyHowi's picture

no such animal as enough or too much ammo...i personally consider 500000 rounds a somewhat decent start.

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

This article reads more like a "how to not get caught" recap for the disaffected snowflakes. Lots of details there about what it takes to get a visit.

Croesus's picture

I say Bring it on.

The Snowflakes want to start a Civil War, that's exactly how they can do it, but they should be forewarned:

If they assassinate Trump, it will cause a lot of retribution from his support base, which includes people with higher intellects, bigger arms collections, and lots of military training.

The Secret Service needs to arrest George Soros; that will stop most of this crap, right away.

darkstar7646's picture

No.  Worse.  The only reason I'm not in that 12,000:

President Mike Pence.

darkstar7646's picture

So it sounds like we not only have some cracker-ass KKKers in this board, sounds like there's some Dominionists as well.

Billy the Poet's picture

You can't have a purple revolution without throbbing purple members.

JusticeTBuford's picture

Is Madonna still running free?

SgtSchultz's picture

I say bring in Sheriff Joe to set up some tent camps, cots, water and sandwiches - but most importantly no Internet or social media for the snowflakes.

SilverRoofer's picture

Yes lock them all up including the HOLLYWOOD assholes!

Let them make license plates and break rocks!

darkstar7646's picture

You realize, for Trump and Pence to succeed, they pretty much need to outlaw current Hollywood, on morals and many other grounds.

divingengineer's picture

Jesus, the trolls are out tonight.

darkstar7646's picture

You're serious.

Between the liberal bend of Hollywood and their penchant for sex (on and off the screen...), you honestly believe any kind of Conservative movement in this country succeeds without an effective abolition of current Hollywood?

You are the typical Rethuglipig voter, I see.  Fox News levels of dumb...

markpower49's picture

They could all plead insanity, because progressivism is a proven mental illness. Their brains are not wired correctly.

neidermeyer's picture

When they're 60 years old and still working at the car wash because of their criminal past they'll still be thinking about how THEY were wronged.

Implied Violins's picture

I did, but I wrote it in English.


wren's picture

All President Trump has to do is say the word and I'll be there. I won't until he calls on me, but should that time come, just tell me where to report!

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

To "decease existing?" Writing prose while high on cocaine and mad dog 2020 is rarely advisable.

darkstar7646's picture

Then you better open fire on us, starting right now!

The only reason I'm not among that 12,000 (and I've said why on Twitter) is that I understand what kind of insurance policy President Oompa-Loompa Grab Her In The Pussy has.

Otherwise, the Secret Service would've visited me already.

Xena fobe's picture

We elected President Trump.  If we lose him, we will elect one 10 times worse.  And President Trump will be revered as a hero for all eternity. 

darkstar7646's picture

You already did, Mike Pence.

It's the only reason I wasn't first on the list of Secret Service Twitter visits.

bobsmith5's picture

This has never happened in this country in all of my 70 years on this planet.   These people are violating a law most of us would never dare to  openly and publicly commit.  I never even thought about assassinating any president no matter how much I hated his policies and they have progressively gotten worse with each new president since JFK.  The evil these socialist communist are demonstrating is breathtaking and finally shows their true colors for the world to see.  I hope everyone of them are arrested, tried, and put into prison as long as they would a muslim terrorist.

Maynard G. Krebs's picture

The fevered brain, Intolerant Left is going berzerk!

TeethVillage88s's picture

Well Define the Enemy. Most important for Sun Zsu.

- Central Banks
- Elites/Wealthy/Money Trust
- China/Chinese
- Iran/Islamic Terrorists (from say 1970-2017)
- Lawyers, Bankers, FIREs, Lobbyist, Politicians, MSM, University System, Neo-Science/Quasi-Science, Corporate Drug Industry/Big Pharma
- Globalists, Big Oil & Gas, Big Engineering, Big MIC, Big Telecom, Big MSM, Big Banks, Big Pharma, Big Chemical, ...

Hey! Divided We Fall! Who is the Enemy? You think Democrats or Republicans are not "One Party, the Lobbyist Party"?

Maybe Soros Doesn't Exist? What? Maybe Buffet doesn't Exist, Rockefeller, Rothschild?

Charles G. Koch
David H. Koch
Warren Stephens
Jackson "Steve" Stephens Jr.
Paul Singer
Pete Ricketts
Ricketts Family
Richard Uihlein
Richard Gaby
Robert Arnott
Robert Mercer

Tim Cook,
Larry Page,
Paul Ryan,
Mitch McConnell,
Karl Rove