Queens Man Arrested After Threatening To Kill Trump
A Queens man has been arrested for threatening to kill former President Donald Trump on several occasions, federal investigators said Monday.
“I do not want to hurt anyone but I will stand up to fascism,” said the 72-year-old Rockaway Beach resident, Thomas Welnicki.
When Welnicki was previously interviewed by the United States Capitol Police he said that if Trump lost the election but refused to leave office he would “acquire weapons” and “take him down,” according to a criminal complaint unsealed in a Brooklyn Federal Court Monday.
Although the complaint does not name Trump, referring to him instead as “Individual 1,” a law enforcement official confirmed the target was the former president.
Even after Trump left office, Welnicki’s threats continued, according to the feds.
The following day, Welnicki admitted to law enforcement that he had made the call to the secret service, prosecutors said.
Welnicki was arrested by Secret Service police Monday and will make his first appearance in a Brooklyn Federal Court this afternoon.
“Mr. Welnicki intended no harm to anyone and posed no actual threat,” his attorney Deirdre Von Dornum said. “He was expressing how distraught he was at what he saw as the attempted murder of Lady Liberty.”