Man charged after calling Secret Service and threatening to kill and kidnap Donald Trump

Man charged after calling Secret Service and threatening to kill and kidnap Donald Trump

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On Monday, January 10, a New York man was charged with threatening to kill, kidnap, and inflict bodily harm on former US President Donald Trump.

Prosecutors said the defendant, Thomas Welnicki, 72, of Rockaway Beach, threatened to do “everything I can” to kill Trump and once inquired about Secret Service protection for former presidents and their children.

He even referred to Trump as “Hitler” at one point.

The case comes as Trump maintains that widespread voting fraud cost him re-election to Democrat Joe Biden.

On Jan. 6, 2021, a group of Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn the election results, and Welnicki was irritated that Trump refused to concede defeat.

Prosecutors said Welnicki expressed interest in Trump’s death in several voluntary communications with US Capitol Police and the Secret Service between July 2020 and December 2021, during and after Trump’s presidency.

In a July 2020 interview, Welnicki allegedly told Capitol Police that if Trump lost the election and refused to step down, he would “acquire weapons” and “take him down.”

Prosecutors claim Welnicki called the Secret Service around January 4, 2021, threatening to kill Trump and 12 unnamed congressional supporters and mentioning a $350,000 reward.

“I will do anything I can to take out (Trump) and his 12 monkeys,” Welnicki was quoted as saying. “Tomorrow (Trump) will be in Georgia, maybe I will.”

Trump visited Georgia on that same day to campaign for two incumbent Republican senators who sought unsuccessfully to win re-election and keep the U.S. Senate under Republican control.

Welnicki also allegedly told the Secret Service on Dec. 2, 2021, that “the new Civil war could break out and taking up arms against the government is justified when ballots don’t matter.”

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