Illinois man charged with threatening to kill the president

Given the attack which took place in Alexandria last week, I’m sure the Secret Service is not taking threats like this lightly. An Illinois man named Joseph Lynn Pickett was indicted Wednesday for making assassination threats against President Trump on Facebook. From the Belleville News-Democrat:

“Before I die I want our president and congress to sign a treaty to never side with Russia or any enemy of the United States of America! If one will then that person deserves to be shot,” his post read. “Guess what Trump? I’m waiting for the right time…and I KNOW your (sic) Putin’s (expletive)! The secret service now has a heads up as to my plan to assassinate Trump…let’s see if they act.”…

“Honestly am I really going to have to kill trump before our fine Government (the jack booted thugs they are) actually takes me into custody for threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump?” Pickett wrote. “I mean he sold our country to The Russians. He is a Benedict Arnold but hey the (expletive) is our President even though he needs a blade in his neck. And you dumb, asses who stick up for him…who’s gonna protect you when someone like me comes t (sic) take you out.”

The story adds that Pickett lost his job at Lowes about “six to eight months ago” after he allegedly made a threat against a co-worker. It’s not clear from the story what the threat was about or whether the timing had anything to do with the election. However, it was two former co-workers from Lowes who contacted the Secret Service about Pickett’s online threats.

Pickett is being held without bail until his trial. The Associated Press reports his public defender has not responded to questions so we haven’t heard another side of this story yet (if there is one). But one thing seems clear, the left-wing campaign to portray the President as a Russian collaborator is being heard loud and clear in Illinois.