Trump Supporter Threatens To Shoot Members Of Congress And Their Families If They Vote Against Kavanaugh
A Florida man who described himself as a Trump supporter was arrested Thursday after he threatened to shoot “weak Republican” senators and their families if they voted against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
James Royal Patrick, 53, of Winter Haven was arrested after posting threats on his personal Facebook page, the Polk County Sheriff’s office announced in a statement.
Patrick reportedly called for a “literal war against liberals” and threatened to shoot members of Congress who did not vote to confirm Kavanaugh, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
“I can tell it seems I will be sacrificing my life for my country,” Patrick wrote, according to the newspaper. “But I am ready and will know who needs to be killed after the vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.”
Patrick also wrote about buying new ammunition for his sniper rifle and said he was stockpiling supplies, adding that he “just cleaned out the gun shop.”
“Getting ready if Kav is not confirmed,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “Whoever I think is to blame, God have mercy on their soul.”
“I expect to be confronted and I will be ready to kill and ready to die,” he added, according to the Times.
Patrick also called on other conservatives to join him in “killing [liberals] in their sleep!”, police said.
“I can’t do this by myself,” he wrote online, also threatening to shoot any local or federal law enforcement officers who came to his home.
Officials received a tip about Patrick’s posts on Wednesday and procured a search warrant for his home within hours.
Deputies seized a 308 hunting rifles with scope, a 50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun, ammunition for both firearms and numerous receipts from local gun shops in Patrick’s home.
Patrick was booked into the Polk County Jail on a $500,000 bond for one count of written threats to kill or injure.
“People need to calm down, and stop making threats of violence — we will not tolerate it,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “Anyone who threatens to kill a public officer or law enforcement officer will go to jail.”
Kavanaugh cleared a key hurdle Friday as senators voted 51-49 to end debate on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
He received a boost from Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Joe Manchin (R-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine.).
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was the only Republican who voted against the cloture vote.
A final vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination is being set for Saturday afternoon.