New York man charged with threatening to kill Trump if he refused to leave office after 2020 election

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  • A New York City man was arrested for kidnapping and threatening to kill former President Donald Trump if he refused to leave the White House after losing the 2020 election.
  • Thomas Welnicky of Rockaway Beach, Queens, reportedly threatened Trump, as well as a dozen unidentified members of Congress, in multiple calls to Secret Service offices.

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A New York City man was arrested Monday morning for kidnapping and threatening to kill former President Donald Trump if he refused to leave the White House after losing the 2020 election.

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The 72-year-old defendant, Thomas Welnicky of Rockaway Beach, Queens, allegedly threatened Trump as well as a dozen unidentified members of Congress in multiple calls to Secret Service offices and other law enforcement over the past year. criminal complaint.

Trump was not identified by name in the complaint filed in US District Court in Brooklyn. But a footnote in that document identifies Velniky’s target as the man who served as president from January 2017 to January 2021.

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“During a voluntary interview on or about July 21, 2020, Velanicki told United States Capitol Police that ‘if [Individual-1] Having lost the 2020 election and refusing to step down, ‘Venicki will ‘acquire arms’ and ‘take him down,'” she says in the complaint.

“Velniki bragged about how easy it was to obtain a firearm for himself, and said, “I don’t want to hurt anyone, but I will stand up for fascism,” the complaint said. .

At the end of the interview, Velniky said, “I really hope that God takes [Individual-1] outside,” it adds.

Velniky is due to appear in Brooklyn federal court on Monday following the charge.

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