Americans Against the Tea Party (AATTP) writer John Prager has become the target of an online death threat from a Tea Party supporter who took issue with Prager’s reporting on comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.
In a now deleted YouTube video posted Sunday by Arizona resident Rob Kinnison AKA “Raging Rob” a direct threat to the life of AATTP writer John Prager was made after Kinnison took issue with an article containing a video where Phil Robertson suggest girls should be married as young as 15-years-old to make them better wives.
In the video Kinnison first starts off by falsely crediting John Prager as the “creator” of AATTP, then labelling him a “Marxist-zionist-piece-of-sh*t”, a “borderline pedophile” and suggests that Prager should go “live in China” before making a startling and shocking death threat: “Consider this an online threat. I want to kill [John Prager].”
AATTP found the threat made by Kinnison to be credible enough that a copy of the YouTube video was downloaded and presented to the Wheeling Police Department in Wheeling, West Virginia where Prager is a resident. The officers on duty viewed the video and informed Prager that they did not consider it a “credible threat” and declined to open a police report.
An email to the Wheeling Police Department for more information was not immediately returned before publication.
The refusal by the Wheeling Police Department was met with frustration by Prager who was given no clear list of set criteria in which the officers used to assess the credibility of the threat.
[box type=”shadow”]”The officers were in stitches laughing at him. By the time the video was done the room behind the glass went from just a couple of people to about five police officers. They were very nice about it, and obviously enjoyed the stupidity, but it would have been nice if they would have taken the threat seriously as well. The man is a lunatic, and quite frankly I am not sure he wouldn’t follow through with it.”[/box]
After Prager was not permitted to file a police report, serious concerns were raised by his family and friends that the video could encourage or incite an act of violence against him from those sympathizing with the sentiments expressed by Kinnison.
Comments left on the original video posted by Kinnison reflected the sentiment shared by Prager’s friends and family, as commenters were seen adding their own threats against him.
AATTP has previously reported on the online activities of Rob Kinnison, detailing his attempts to encourage others to hack the AATTP website and flood the comment section with “as much hate as possible.” The article also points out instances where Kinnison is alleged to have passively encouraged violence against AATTP as a whole.
[box type=”shadow”]Rob continues, saying that he wants everyone to see it (we appreciate the advertising, Rob!), but struggles with pronouncing the word “Americans,” and encourages his viewers to visit the page and “leave hate comments–give them as much hate as possible.” He then encourages his viewers to hack Americans Against the Tea Party and, while he states that he does not condone violence, he hints that if violence is used, “that’s your own free will.” Now there’s that “go get ‘em” attitude we all know and love. If someone doesn’t support their ideals 100%, they’re willing to go as far as to destroy the country in a Teabagging Hissy Fit over the Affordable Care Act, so why not?[/box]
With Kinnison now moving from targeting the AATTP website, to targeting the organization, to now targeting individual writers, many people are voicing concerns that the next progression in Kinnison’s grudge with Americans Against the Tea Party could be one that has real world consequences, for real people.
Watch this YouTube video as Rob Kinnison makes a death threat against AATTP writer John Prager.