A 28-year-old Massachusetts man was been taken into custody after making threats on Twitter to kill President Obama. When confronted by police and Secret Service agents, Stephen Perrotti of Lawrence said “from the outset he wasn’t going to lie and yes, he made some threats to the President through Twitter …” according to a police report.
Perrotti describes himself as “just a jobless 26-year-old with the mindset of genius” on social media and, on multiple accounts, repeatedly disparages the President and calls for his impeachment. The tweet that got the Secret Service’s attention, however, was more than a mere criticism:
“I am going to kill Obama even if it takes a lifetime.”
However, he defended his post on Twitter. “When I said I wanted to kill the President I meant politically,” he wrote in another tweet.
On Thursday, Perotti told agents and police they could search his mother’s home, where he lives. Police seized an AR-15 assault rifle, four high-capacity magazines, three scopes, and ammunition from the home. His mother, Lori Distasio, said that she was “disturbed” her son was in possession of any weapons.
“Also Mrs. Distasio expressed concern for her son’s mental health, indicating she has done her best to get him help,” a report by Lawrence Detective Thomas Burke read.
Perrotti was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm without an FID card, illegal possession of a large capacity firearm, improper storage of large capacity firearm, illegal possession of a ammunition without an FID card, illegal possession of an assault weapon and four counts of illegal possession of a large capacity firearm or feeding device.
Since a black man found himself in the oval office, threats to assassinate him have become the fashionable thing, it seems, in conservative cliques. In fact, the leader of a growing Christian “militia” has repeatedly suggested that “patriots” should end the President’s life. The leader of an open carry group recently lamented the lack of an assassin when the President had the audacity to “go first” at a Texas BBQ joint rather than delay his schedule three hours for lunch. At times, it seems like any reason to murder our first African-American President is good enough.
Watch a report on the latest assassination threat below: