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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 PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Calif.) is running a "satanic cult," and encouraging people to shoot Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs 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.

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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 SchiffOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Trump pardons Michael Flynn MORE (D-Calif.), and Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMeet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' 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 TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump 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.