Christopher Perkins O’Brien, of Annapolis, was arrested on Sunday after threatening to kill President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. He detailed his plans in an explicit email littered with racist remarks and standard Tea Party rhetoric, and was charged with making a violent threat against the President and threatening bodily harm against the first family. He was also charged with using interstate communications to make the death threat.
I’m betting it’s three days at most before someone over at Breibart declares him a hero.
O’Brien was upset about Obama’s handling of Ebola, ISIS, and the beheadings in the United States. So naturally, he threatened to behead Obama. He called Obama “stupid” and a racial slur before detailing his course of action:
You stupid n——, between ISIS, homegrown terrorists/beheaders here in the USA, and now your inaction on EBOLA, do you want us all to f—— die?!?!,” O’Brien wrote, according to charging documents. “I cannot wait to take out your worthless n—— ass, hope to reach out to slash Michele’s throat… You?? I will make a point to behead you, then throw your head into the nearest body of water, as I drive off into Maryland.”
Standard Teabagger rhetoric right there. You can go on any right-wing forum and find talk about assassinating Obama; the only difference is that he may have been just a tad more graphic about it. Emphasis on “may.”
O’Brien’s got a record that puts him a cut above the garden variety loon; he was convicted of manslaughter in 2007 after he strangled a 32-year-old female friend, Maryland City archaeologist Katherine Randolph White, in her home. The charges were later reduced to involuntary manslaughter, and he served time both in prison and on house arrest. O’Brien reportedly strangled her during a dispute and left her body on the floor, stepping over her corpse when he needed to get into the kitchen.
The Secret Service arrested O’Brien on suspicion of the recent death threats after the agency traced the emails to his Annapolis home. It’s not immediately clear what sentence O’Brien faces if he’s convicted of the charges against him, but I’m pretty sure that house arrest isn’t one of them.