Man Arrested For Calling Secret Service And Threatening To Kidnap And Assassinate Donald Trump
On Monday, January 10, a New York man was charged with threatening to kill, kidnap, and injure former US President Donald Trump.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that prosecutors say the defendant, Thomas Welnicki, 72, of Rockaway Beach, promised to do “whatever I can” to assassinate Trump and inquired about Secret Service protection for prior presidents and their children.
He even referred to Trump as “Hitler” at one point.
The case comes as Trump continues to assert that rampant voter fraud contributed to his re-election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
On Jan. 6, 2021, a group of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in a futile attempt to alter the election results, and Welnicki was furious that Trump refused to accept defeat.
Prosecutors said Welnicki expressed interest in Trump’s death in many voluntary conversations with US Capitol Police and the Secret Service between July 2020 and December 2021, during and after Trump’s administration.
In a July 2020 interview with Capitol Police, Welnicki allegedly said that if Trump lost the election and refused to resign, he would “acquire weapons” and “take him down.”
Prosecutors said Welnicki called the Secret Service around Jan. 4, 2021, threatening to kill Trump and 12 unnamed congressional supporters, and referring to a $350,000 bounty.
“I will do anything I can to take out (Trump) and his 12 monkeys,” Welnicki was quoted as saying. “Tomorrow (Trump) will be in Georgia, maybe I will.”
On the same day, Trump traveled to Georgia to campaign for two Republican senators who ran unsuccessfully for re-election to keep the Senate under Republican control.
Welnicki also allegedly told the Secret Service on Dec. 2, 2021, that “the new Civil war could break out and taking up arms against the government is justified when ballots don’t matter.”