Donald Trump's ex-butler investigated over Barack Obama threats

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    May 14, 2016 12:00 AM GMT
    Anthony Senecal draws secret service attention with Facebook posts directed at US president and family

    Donald Trump’s former butler has drawn the attention of the US secret service for online threats he has made against Barack Obama.

    Anthony Senecal, who served the presumptive Republican nominee at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, has a Facebook page filled with incendiary comments. Many of the posts, which were first reported by Mother Jones, are directed at the president and his family.

    In one message, from September 2015, Senecal said the military should hang Obama for treason and other “high crimes”. In another that month, he used a slur for a member of the Muslim faith against Obama, who is a Christian. In the same post, he wrote that he does not speak for Trump: “This is my opinion, only!!!!”


    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/13/donald-trump-ex-butler-secret-service-threats-barack-obama-anthony-senecal

    Like master, like servant, perhaps.
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    May 14, 2016 1:27 PM GMT
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    To be fair on this one, I read that the butler came with the estate when Trump bought the place and his campaign did quickly disavowed any personal relationship since the rantings.

    How much time did Trump ever stay at Mar a Lago anyway. A few weeks a year? (total guess) So was this guy a long time, hand picked, personal butler or, as he described himself, someone who came with the furniture.

    That he's turned himself into a caricature, while that matches the coloring book cartoon character of Trump, I'm gonna guess probably not the first "eccentric" (snoot for crazy) of Palm Beach. Mizner used to pal around with a monkey.
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    May 14, 2016 1:39 PM GMT
    The butler is a certifiable psycho. There's no other way to explain his thought process.
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    May 14, 2016 1:43 PM GMT
    I assumed we'd be hearing about the Secret Service getting involved with this before long.
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    May 14, 2016 1:44 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidThe butler is a certifiable psycho. There's no other way to explain his thought process.

    He was well-matched to his employer. As Ex_Mil8 says, like master, like servant.
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    May 14, 2016 7:29 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidThe butler is a certifiable psycho. There's no other way to explain his thought process.


    His employer. Peas in a pod... Another dare I say it.... AWM icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 15, 2016 12:21 AM GMT
    Is saying someone should be murdered really a "threat" though? It's not like he said he was physically going to do something himself.

    I'm not defending him, but I'm just saying.
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    May 15, 2016 3:29 AM GMT
    onlyawhisper saidIs saying someone should be murdered really a "threat" though? It's not like he said he was physically going to do something himself.

    I'm not defending him, but I'm just saying.


    It would be to whatever degree threatening to anyone, and while we don't have lese majesty here--you can say pretty much anything--death threats are illegal regarding presidents:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threatening_the_President_of_the_United_States
    Threatening the President of the United States is a class E felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871.[1][2][3] It consists of knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making "any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States". The United States Secret Service investigates suspected violations of this law and monitors those who have a history of threatening the President. Threatening the President is considered a political offense.[4] Aliens who commit this crime can be deported
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    May 15, 2016 1:17 PM GMT
    onlyawhisper said
    Is saying someone should be murdered really a "threat" though? It's not like he said he was physically going to do something himself.

    I'm not defending him, but I'm just saying.

    The former butler's apparently been putting other crazy, threatening stuff online. He's not being charged with anything at present, but the Secret Service will interview him, and likely his current employer and friends, to determine how serious this guy is. And if he's part of any similar-minded group.

    And Congress did make specific threats against the President to be a Federal crime. And authorized the Secret Service to investigate violent speech against the President in certain cases, to determine if it's a prelude to physical violence.
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    May 16, 2016 12:03 AM GMT
    The butler did it.
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    May 16, 2016 2:09 AM GMT
    onlyawhisper saidIs saying someone should be murdered really a "threat" though? It's not like he said he was physically going to do something himself.



    I'm always more disgusted with these old guys encouraging someone else to do the violence they fantasize.