Law enforcement in Rockaway Beach, New York, arrested Thomas Welnicki, 72, and criminally charged him with threatening to kill The Former Guy (TFG) who Welnicki had previously compared to Hitler. Welnicki believed Trump posed a threat to our democracy and claimed he would do “everything I can “ to ensure the death of Trump. The Secret Service also stated Welnicki might also harm TFG’s kids.
Charges filed against Welnicki include threatening to kill, kidnap, and inflict bodily harm against Trump.
His defense lawyer Deidre von Dornan said in an email, “Mr. will Nikki intended no harm to anyone. He was expressing how distraught he was at what he saw as a threat to our democracy posed by former President Trump. “
According to prosecutors, Welnicki expressed interest in TFG’s demise between July 2020 and December 21. In July 2020 Welnicki allegedly told capital police in an interview that if Trump lost the election and refused to step down, he would “acquire weapons and take him down. “
On January 4, 2021, Welnicki allegedly called the Secret Service again and threatened to kill Trump and 12 unnamed congressional supporters; he also referred a $350,000 bounty.
“I will do anything I can to take out Trump and his 12 monkeys. Tomorrow Trump will be in Georgia, maybe I will.
Neither TFG’s lawyers or spokespeople responded to requests for comments by Reuters.