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April 15, 2019

Democrats demand caution from Trump as Rep. Omar faces surge in death threats
By Stephen Loiaconi

Last week, federal prosecutors announced Suzanne Muscara was arrested for allegedly sending Sen. Susan Collins a threatening letter that claimed to be contaminated with ricin after she voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The previous week, a Missouri man was arrested with allegedly posting a Facebook message threatening to kill Sen. Josh Hawley. Conservatives and Trump supporters have also claimed to be victims of violence and hostility over their political views. Police in Montgomery County, Maryland said Monday two men have been arrested for allegedly harassing and assaulting a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat Saturday. This all comes after a year in which prosecutions for threats against federal officials were up 40 percent over 2017 and prosecutions for threats against the president and those in the line of succession were up 130 percent, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Despite the increases in 2018 over the previous year, both figures are still below the highest levels reached under the previous three presidents.

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