Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill

Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill
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A 27-year-old Texas man has been arrested after allegedly making death threats against Democrats over the coronavirus stimulus bill that was passed on Friday, a local ABC News affiliate reports.

Gavin Perry was arrested by police over Facebook posts reportedly saying Speaker of the House Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'Scary' to see uniformed troops on steps of Lincoln Memorial Pelosi: Democrats to unveil sweeping criminal justice proposal Monday Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC MORE (D-Calif.) is running a "satanic cult," and encouraging people to shoot Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP lawmaker calls on Senate to confirm Michael Pack as head of US media agency McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump over treatment of protesters House Democrat demands answers from Secret Service about role breaking up White House protests MORE (D-N.Y.) "on sight."

"Dems of the establishment will be removed at any cost necessary, and yes, that means by death," he also allegedly wrote in the post.


Police said Perry told them he does not recognize the authority of the federal government. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted. 

"The Department of Justice takes the security of our public servants seriously. Americans are entitled to voice their opinions, but we will not allow them to threaten our officials' physical safety," U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said.

"This defendant's threats against the Speaker and law enforcement agents are wholly inexcusable, and we look forward to bringing him to justice."

Online death threats against lawmakers have led to a number of arrests in recent days. A man was indicted last month for alleged threats against Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff uses Tiananmen anniversary to condemn Trump's response to protests Flynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation MORE (D-Calif.), and Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC Minority caucuses call for quick action on police reform Amash readying legislation allowing victims to sue officers MORE (D-Minn.) has called for security due to death threats she claims she has received. 

The coronavirus stimulus package was signed into law by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE on Friday afternoon. 

It includes $1,200 one-time payments to many Americans, $377 billion for aid to small businesses and boosts the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week for four months. Both Democrats and Republicans had to compromise on certain provisions to get the bill to Trump's desk.