The Polk County Sheriff’s office this week arrested a Florida resident for threatening to kill senators who vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The Miami Herald reports.
Police received a tip on Wednesday morning that alerted them to a small number of public Facebook posts made by James Royal Patrick, Jr., 53, who wrote that he “will be ready to kill” senators who oppose Kavanaugh, saying he had a sniper rifle with “plenty of ammo.”
Patrick wrote, “I can tell it seems I will be sacrificing my life for my country. But I am ready and will know who needs to be killed after the vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.”
“I am about to accept an offer on my house just to get more money to fund my plan to kill Democrat office holders and their families,” Patrick wrote in a post, according to the sheriff’s office. “It is all I think about night and day. I even wake up in the middle of the night, most nights, thinking about it. Ultimately I will be killed but hopefully I will have killed many many liberal [sic] elected in Washington.”
The sheriff’s office noted Patrick’s arrest came only five hours after police first received a tip.
“People need to calm down, and stop making threats of violence – we will not tolerate it,” Sheriff Grady Judd told the newspaper in a statement. “Anyone who threatens to kill a public officer or law enforcement officer will go to jail.”
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