Militia Leader Calls For The Assassination Of Obama On Facebook
Whenever I read a new story about some questionable activities on social networking sites, I foolishly believe that now I have heard them all. Once again, I am proven wrong.
Here is an extremely dumb idea that will very likely entail a not-so-friendly visit by the Secret Service. Do not try this at home (or anywhere else):
As John Aravosis at Americablog reports, Everest Wilhelmsen, the leader of group calling itself the Christian American Patriots Militia, has posted a call for President Obama’s assassination on his Facebook page on November 19, 2013.
Wilhelmsen associates himself with the Tea Party Movement, holds Birther beliefs about President Obama not being an American citizen, opposes ‘Obamacare,’ and endorses conspiracy theories about the U.S. government’s handling of the Benghazi incident.
He also threatens violence against Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson, should they not sign a statement supporting his Birther beliefs.
I think it is noteworthy how safe far-right extremists like this militia leader apparently feel in the age of the first African American president. To think that they can get away with what would certainly be interpreted as terrorist threat, had it come from a non-white Islamist instead of a white self-identified Christian, certainly speaks to the dynamics of race in contemporary America. For all the things that are being overblown and exaggerated by attaching the label ‘terrorism’ to it since 9/11, this here seems to be the real thing.
There are certainly many things to criticize about the Obama administration. One might even be completely opposed to its major policy projects. But calling for an assassination of political leaders is crossing a line into the unacceptable.
“Militia nut openly calls for Obama`s assassination on Facebook.” (John Aravosis, Americablog, 2013/11/22)