President Trump’s efforts to help fix this country have earned him more than his fair share of enemies, as the current president is one of the most threatened and controversial figures in American history.
It’s hard to imagine that an actual, elected representative would openly issue a veiled death threat against a sitting president. However, in a profanity-laden Facebook post, state Rep. Scott Hamann of Maine — a Democrat — threatened President Trump, saying that “he is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that [censored].” (via Dennis Michael Lynch)
The Democratic lawmaker issued this vicious threat on Facebook, one that is sure to spell trouble for his political career.
“Well then [censored] you, snowflake. You’re a [censored]…See, it’s not only Trump supporters who can talk like a complete ***hole,” wrote the representative in a long comment. “As long as that’s what’s coming out of that side, then I’ll match you dumb [censored] word for word.”
Hamann continued, adding slander to his commentary by claiming that Trump is “an admitted rapist. He inserts his fingers into women against their consent.”
He discussed how “the way he [Trump] talks about and to women…alone disqualifies him from leading anything,” all while ironically swearing, cursing, and acting in a disgraceful manner that should shame his constituents.
Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas called him “unhinged and dangerous,” and said that, “ Words cannot describe the level of revulsion I feel after reading Representative Scott Hamann’s recent tirade that has come to light.”
“If your feelings were hurt by a conversation between two friends, then don’t read,” writes Hamann. “If anything negative comes from your attack on my employment, my attorney will be in touch. Cease and desist.”
His audacity knows no bounds. Threatening to kill the president is technically a felony under United States code and is punishable by a fine and up to five years in jail if convicted, according to Cornell Law School. Will this be considered an actual threat that should be investigated? There’s no way of knowing, and we’ll leave that to the legal system, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Hamann continued his tirade, saying, “Trump was installed by the Russians, because they wanted to undermine American democracy and embarrass our country…He’s an out of closest racist. He’s a liar–literally everything he says is to reframe reality to fit his narrative. Conversely, President Obama ran quite possibly the classiest 2 term presidency in US history.”
It is disturbing how Hamann’s Facebook post reads like something that would be more fitting for a violent Antifa rioter than an elected representative.
Whether meant to be taken seriously or not, physical threats against the president should not be tolerated. Do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the poll below.
While it’s impossible to know whether Hamann would visit actual harm on the president if given the chance, it’s difficult to avoid mentioning how similar his comments sound to another person who made national headlines recently: James Hodgkinson. Hodgkinson was the gunman who opened fire on some GOP congressmen who were practicing for a charity baseball game. James also called Trump a “traitor,” and said that “Trump has destroyed our democracy,” threatening to “destroy Trump & Co.” (via Business Insider)
These threats serve as a terrible example for others, and aid in fanning the flames for an environment where openly threatening to attack and even kill a president is acceptable. Something must change before our republic collapses into violence.