Death threats and wishes are a sad state of Twitter reality, but it’s a federal crime to aim such rhetoric, whether real or hyperbolic, at the president. Jarvis Britton is the latest to learn that lesson. He was indicted today for threatening to kill President Obama.
Britton, who was denied bond, tweeted his first threat against Obama in June and, despite a warning visit from the Secret Service, posted a series of violent musings over the next three months. Here’s a sampling of Britton’s tweets:
- "Free Speech? Really? *Let’s Test This!* Let’s Go Kill The President!”
- "@BarackObama I wish you were DEAD!”
- "What if the secret service interviewed me yesterday because they want me to be an assassin for them? That would be hella cool!”
- "@BarackObama Your Time Is Coming!”
- "Might get in some [expletive] for this post, but has anybody ever killed the presidential candidate?”
- "If somebody killed the presidential candidate, I honestly wouldn’t give a [expletive]! Probably would give a toast! #FREEDOMOFSPEECH”
- "@BarackObama Alabama will see my power in the next 36hrs! Word to the secret service!”
- "Can the president stop it? He only has 36hrs!”
- "Who wants to put a bullet through @BarackObama head?”
- "Putting together a team to take out the president! Got three people already, who else wants in?”
- "Serious question? If you knew about a terrorist group planning to kill the president, would you tell? I kinda wanna see if they can! F.E.A.R.”
- "Yes you can kill a president with cyanide. who would put that in water/coffee?”
Britton is the third person in the past month to be arrested or visited by the Secret Service for threatening the president or wishing for his death. The other two were Donte Jamar Sims and teenager Alyssa Douglas.