An Ohio man has been arrested and is facing federal charges after he tweeted a threat to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump on election night.
Zachary Benson, a 24 year-old from Cleveland, posted the comment to Twitter moments before Trump was declared the winner of the election.
“My life goal is to assassinate Trump,” Benson tweeted, according to Daily Mail. “Don’t care if I serve infinite sentences. That man deserves to decease (sic) existing.”
“Diplomacy. F***ing fools. I hate you all. I want to bomb every one of your voting booths and your general areas,” he wrote seconds before making the threat.
Benson was arrested hours later and was interrogated by the Secret Service. He reportedly told agents that he spent election night drinking and eating at a restaurant with his father and a friend. He got back home and was watching the election results on television when he posted the tweet.
Benson claimed he never had any intention of following through with his threat and was “just frustrated thinking about how President-elect Trump’s policies could affect his job.” He deleted the tweets when he woke up in the morning, but authorities had already been called.
Benson has been charged with making a threat to a successor to the presidency, and he is believed to be in custody pending a bail hearing. How do you think he should be punished? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.