President-elect Donald Trump is being threatened following Tuesday's election with calls through social media for his assassination, and the Secret Service will likely investigate all threats they deem to be credible ones, according to security sources.
Secret Service spokesperson Nicole Mainor declined comment on the growing number of posts, telling The New York Post that the agency "does not provide information regarding protective services," but a security source said the Secret Service will investigate threats.
Indirect threats are not generally prosecuted, the unnamed source said, as there is a difference between someone saying they will kill a president and someone who suggests that another person should commit the act.
The posts are mounting, and also include calls for Vice President-elect Mike Pence's death, and the use of an #AssassinateTrump hashtag has not been banned on Twitter, drawing outcry from many Trump supporters, reports The Gateway Pundit.
On the Saturday before Election Day, Trump was removed from the stage during an event in Reno, Nevada after someone shouted "gun" near the stage.
Austyn Crites, 33, a registered Republican, was taken into custody but no gun was found, and Crites was released, later telling The Reno-Gazette Journal that the incident has changed his life, as there will be some who feel he's a "sellout" while others will believe he had threatened Trump.
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