The US Secret Service is in no mood to entertain jokes on Donald Trump or any other presidential candidate. According to Mashable, the Secret Services appeared at 20-year-old Eli Martinez's doorstep days after he threatened to kill Trump on Twitter, what he claimed to be a joke.
The report added that Martinez said the agents "questioned the hell" out him to determine if he was a real threat to Trump. In fact, a Secret Service spokesperson was quoted in the report saying, "If you see anything that applies on Twitter, we're going to investigate it."
Martinez's is not an isolated case. The Secret Service is taking any kind of threat made to any US presidential candidate, whether jokingly or otherwise, very seriously.
Brooooo the fuccin police really came to my house ab that tweet
— SC: SoSaucey (@So_SauceyEnt) March 7, 2016
As per the Mashable report, agents pulled up a man in Detroit for his tweet on suggesting the assassination of Trump, Jeb Bush, George W Bush and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
The Blaze reported that under the current laws in the US, anyone who knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon a candidate should expect a visit from the Secret Service and could face fines and up to five years in jail.
According to The New York Times, last month an Egyptian student Emadeldin Elsayed, 23, wrote on Facebook, “I literally don’t mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy, I would actually be doing the whole world a favor” (sic). After investigations by the Secret Service, the student was expelled from flight school and has been asked to leave the country.
On 5 March, The Washington Times reported conservative radio host Glenn Beck is under federal investigation over a comment he made about Trump on his show. Though he later clarified his comment about stabbing was not directed at the presidential candidate, the Secret Service has said it is conducting a follow-up investigation, the report said.
In February, Complex had reported that a Bernie Sanders supporter for attempting to place an obituary for Hillary Clinton in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
First Published On : Mar 9, 2016 12:17 IST