President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Jan. 20, 2021.
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A New York City man was arrested Monday morning for threatening to kidnap and kill former President Donald Trump if he refused to leave the White House after losing the 2020 election.
The defendant, 72-year-old Thomas Wilnicki of Rockaway Beach, Queens, allegedly made threats to Trump, as well as dozens of unidentified members of Congress, in several calls over the past year to Secret Service offices and other law enforcement, It says criminal complaint.
Trump was not identified by name in the complaint filed in the US District Court in Brooklyn. But a footnote in that document identifies Welenicki’s goal as the person who served as president from January 2017 through January 2021.
“During a voluntary interview on or around July 21, 2020, Wilnicki told the United States Capitol Police that ‘if [Individual-1] Losing the 2020 election and refusing to step down, Wenicki would “get weapons and ‘take him down’,” according to that complaint.
Boasting of how easy it was for him to get hold of a firearm, the complaint read, “I don’t want to hurt anyone, but I will resist fascism.”
At the end of the interview, Welnicki said, “I really hope God takes it. [Individual-1] out,” he adds.
Welnicki is due to appear in Brooklyn federal court later Monday on the charge.