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By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 17, 2012 in Politics
Death threats are being issued against the Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Twitter. Several websites that reported death threats against Romney on Twitter before the presidential debate are now reporting an upsurge in threats following the debate.
According to the website Infowars, that claims it is non-partisan, Twitter "exploded" after the last presidential debate with several threats from alleged Obama supporters to assassinate Mitt Romney if he wins the general election.
Infowars reports several instances of Twitter users issuing direct death threats against Romney after the last presidential debate.
According to the website, those issuing the threats often give the reason that if Romney wins, he "will take away food stamps."
Infowars accuses the mainstream media of deliberately downplaying the issue of repeated death threats against Romney on Twitter and other online social media. According to the website, the "major networks" have maintained "complete silence" on what it alleges is a trend among Obama supporters threatening to use violence if Obama loses the general election.
Infowars accuses the "leftists" of "hypocrisy," and "trying to either downplay or deny this issue." The website says that failure of the mainstream media to report on the repeated death threats against the Republican presidential candidate was "jawdropping, given how they routinely try to portray conservatives as violent and extremist by pointing to angry comments made online."
Infowars asserts:
"If the tables were turned and conservatives were making death threats against Obama in these numbers, it would be a national news story. Indeed, the mere act of hanging empty chairs from trees as a reference to Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech was hyped by the media as a deadly sign that conservatives were out to lynch black people if Obama won." also carries reports of death threats from alleged Obama supporters on Twitter. Twitchy alleges that the Twitter accounts through which the threats were made were genuine and that many had thousands of previous tweets. lists some of the tweets:
“If Romney win this election, he might as well wear a shirt that says “Assassinate Me Bitch”.
“Yall ready to assassinate romney?”
“Somebody needs to asassinate This m**** Romney.”
“Romney make me wanna hop through the tv & just assasinate his a**.”
“I aint gone lie… Food stamps the s**t! I mite assasinate romney my damn self if he get elected!”
“If romney get elected i hope a n**** assasinate his b******s.
“No birth control???? Lol rlly Romney the american population is going to overflow and then we’ll have to resort to murder and you’ll be #1.”
“At this point in time I am completely prepared to MURDER ROMNEY MYSELF!”
“If Romney win, IM GOING TO JAIL FOR MURDER cuz imma whack his b**** a** ASAP.”
“If Mitt Romney wins, which I doubt, someone should assassinate him before he ruins the lives of our generation & our children.”
The Examiner also reports threats issued via Twitter on Monday:
RealNikeGang: Oh yeah, kill that n***a Romney."
Dylan Jewel: "Can't f*****g stand Mitt Romney's laugh. Kill him."
The Examiner reports that "BadB***hesandTattoos," threatened Romney supporters: "If you're voting for Romney I can't be your friend, cause I'm already planning out your murder."
Before the second presidential debate, reported several instances of death threats against Romney. The website lists some examples:
"Imma KILL romney on God if he be president his white p***y a*s B***h."
"I swear if Mitt Romney becomes president, I'm gonna be the one to assassinate his a** (sic)."
"If Mitt Romney win imma assassinate him (sic)."
The Blaze also reports on the death threats, saying that South Carolina attorney Todd Kincannon, former executive of the South Carolina Republican Party, reported the "intense hatred coming from the left." Kincannon referred the messages to the Secret Service and FBI’s official Twitter accounts.
Todd Kincannon
Todd Kincannon
According to The Blaze, federal law states that:
Whoever knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon—
(1) a former President or a member of the immediate family of a former President;
(2) a member of the immediate family of the President, the President-elect, the Vice President, or the Vice President-elect;
(3) a major candidate for the office of President or Vice President, or a member of the immediate family of such candidate; or
(4) a person protected by the Secret Service under section 3056 (a)(6);
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
The Blaze reports that it has contacted the Secret Service for comment on the matter and challenges the agency to act, noting that earlier in the month, “a Charlotte, N.C., man was arrested for death threats against the president issued on Twitter Monday. Donte Jamar Sims, 21, going by the Twitter handle @DestroyLeague_D posted several tweets that suggested plotting the murder of Obama."
Mark Whittington, wrting on Yahoo! berates the left and the mainstream media he believes supports the "left":
"This sort of thing is nothing new. President George W. Bush was subjected to assassination porn during his administration with nary an eyebrow raised by the mainstream media.
"Why this is so is not hard to explain. There is a certain lack of shame on the part of the left where it comes to their feelings about political opponents. This lack of shame is enabled by a media that refuses to call the left on their less than edifying behavior."
In September, The Huffington Post reported that a Democratic delegate from New York was investigated by the Secret Service after she told a reporter at the Democratic National Convention that she would like to "kill" Mitt Romney. The Huffington Post reported that Rodgriguez said "Romney will destroy this country," and that she "would like to kill him" if he sees him.
According to The Blaze, Secret Service spokesman George Olgilvie, said on Monday that the agency takes "any and all threats made against its 'protecteees' very seriously."
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