Kirsters Baish| Not that we needed any more evidence that the left have gone loco, but a Virginia man was recently arrested after he made numerous threats to murder a sitting Republican member of Congress.
The Daily Wire reported that the 38-year-old man from Roanoke, Michael McGowan, was taken into custody and charged with “making a threatening communication through interstate commerce.” This came after McGowan made threats on Twitter to murder Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte. Goodlatte is also chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee is delving into the politicization of the Department of Justice and the FBI which pushed the Trump/Russia collusion investigation.
It was reported that the threats began in December. McGowan had tweeted Goodlatte saying, “I will do this in full belief I am defending the constitution of the United States. I am not making a joke. I will kill him. Should you believe my doing so would be illegal please arrest me so we can have this discussion in court BEFORE I actually do it. Thank you.”
The threat was reported to authorities who paid McGowan a visit. The suspect admitted that he did make the threat, but he maintained that he didn’t intend to harm anyone and had no firearms in his possession. Law enforcement confirmed the claim.
The threats started up again in April. McGowan began putting out a series of tweets which targeted Goodlatte. Conservative Tribune reported that the tweets “almost seemed like a challenge to see if he could still legally purchase a gun after making such unhinged death threats to a sitting member of Congress.”
One of McGowan’s tweets read,“I’m serious, @BobGoodlatte6 …you keep f—ing with our constitution and challenging Mueller and the last you see will be my patriot ass behind a gun you should have long ago have prevented me owning pulling a trigger to your head (SIC). Want me arrested>? GO head.”
Another of his tweets read, “#1 threatened my congressman with violence #2 stated I would kill people. #3: pretty much declared I would commit a plethora of anti-social behavior, publicly. Whom would like to bet I can purchase a gun three days from now and NOT be locked up in jail? #proudtobeanAmerican”
Even though McGowan was arrested because of the threats, his Twitter account has still been active. The United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Virginia’s press release explained that there was a third threatening tweet sent out on April 1. It stated, “…Corruption happens on so many levels and in so many ways…but YOU have truly taken it to an extreme. History will hate you even more than I do. You better get on those gun laws. I am buying one intended for you in 3 days. Can you legally stop me?”
Conservative Tribune reported:
That series of threats resulted in McGowan’s arrest on Friday, and after he received an initial hearing in district court McGowan was remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals until a bond hearing could be held Wednesday.
“Federal law criminalizes threatening communications made through the internet or a telephone, and these types of threats are not protected by the First Amendment,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said. “As this case indicates, our office will act swiftly to address threats of gun violence.”
RedState noted that McGowan’s threats were but a few of a multitude of similar threats against Republican lawmakers and the president that can be found on social media every day which have been posted by unidentified liberals and celebrity progressives alike.
Taking into account the fact that there has already been one violent attack from the left on Republican members of Congress (the mass shooting attack on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other members of the GOP congressional baseball team), we have to take threats very seriously.