Florida Man Arrested For Threatening Members Of U.S. Congress


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U.S. officers arrested a South Florida man on Friday for leaving racist and obscenity-laden voicemails with three Democratic members of Congress that defended U.S. President Donald Trump and directed ire at U.S. Consultant Ilhan Omar.

John Kless, 49, of Tamarac, Florida appeared earlier than a Justice of the Peace decide within the Southern District of Florida, charged with making threatening communications. Bail was set at $25,000.

Kless is suspected of recording threatening messages on Tuesday on the telephones of U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Consultant Rashida Tlaib and U.S. Consultant Eric Swalwell, based on a felony grievance filed by prosecutors.

Booker is African-American and Tlaib a Palestinian-American who have been referred to on the recording with racist slurs. Booker and Swalwell are searching for the Democratic nomination for president to problem Trump in 2020.

The arrest befell amid different incidents of racial stress in america and a extra excessive political discourse. One other Florida man is dealing with prosecution in New York on fees of mailing 16 obvious pipe bombs to Trump rivals together with Booker and former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Invoice Clinton.

Tuesday’s caller directed invective at Omar with out naming her. The Somali-American first-term consultant, together with Tlaib and Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has drawn frequent criticism from conservatives.

The caller referred to current feedback by Omar in regards to the assaults of Sept. 11, 2001, that Trump and different conservatives seized upon, framing them as dismissive.

Omar was talking about repression in opposition to Muslims in America following the assaults when she referred to 9/11 as “some individuals did one thing.” Trump later tweeted a video of the remark interspersed with photographs from the occasions that killed 3,000 individuals. Liberals in flip criticized Trump’s tweet as Islamophobic and endangering Omar.

Are individuals going insane?

Reuters contributed to this report.

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