A New York man has been arrested for threatening to kill former President Trump. According to the report, Thomas Welnick said during a July 21, 2020 phone call with Capitol police that he planned to take matters into his own hands and “acquire weapons” if President Trump refused to step down.
The Hill reports:
The document does not name Trump directly, but notes that “individual-1” served as the U.S. president from Jan. 20, 2017 until Jan. 20. 2021.
Welnick reportedly bragged to Capitol Police about how easy it was for him to get a firearm, adding, “I don’t want to hurt anyone, but I will stand up to fascism.”
“I really hope that God takes [Trump] out,” he said at the end of his interview with Capitol Police, according to the criminal complaint.
The court document does provide additional details about the interview with Capitol Police, only noting that it was voluntary. The criminal complaint references five other days that Welnick contacted authorities regarding Trump.
An arrest warrant for Welnick was issued on Friday.