Secret Service agents have charged a Maryland man for threatening in a letter to kidnap and kill Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and rape his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), The Baltimore Sun has reported. Additionally, he supposedly targeted Democratic supporters, the Secret Service said.
The federal criminal complaint states that: “The defendant, James Dale Reed, knowingly and willfully threatened to kill and to kidnap and to inflict bodily harm upon Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris, who are major candidates for the office of the President and Vice President of the United States.”
The 42-year-old Reed, who describes himself as a semi-pro bodybuilder, wrote a violent, graphic letter in which he allegedly said: “We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs. We are the ones with those scary guns, We are the ones your children have nightmares about. The Boogeymen coming in the night.”
When confronted by the Secret Service, Reed confessed to penning the letter, claiming he wrote it because he was upset with the current political situation.
Home security cameras caught Reed dropping off the letter on the front steps of someone’s house in the town of Frederick and was arrested last week, according to the Secret Service. Reed, who claims he didn’t know whose house it was, apparently delivered it to that particular house because it was the first one he encountered with Biden-Harris yard signs.
Currently, Reed is being held in jail without bail.
Court records indicate that Reed once threatened someone with Secret Service protection back in 2014 and was on the service’s radar.
According to The Sun, on an apparent Facebook page of his, he posted: “I just got my house raided today and my stuff stolen from me because they felt that I was a threat to societee and I have made no threat to societee but they came into my house sees my property and stole everything.”
Additionally, he supposedly referred to the Frederick Police as “bunch of thugs and gang members” on the same Facebook page.
In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, politically motivated violence from both extremes has risen dramatically. In fact, one-in-three Americans “believe that violence could be justified to advance their parties’ political goals,” according to an October study by Politico, “a substantial increase over the last three years.”
In anticipation of violence on Election Day and Night, police department across multiple American cities are even taking precautionary measures to bring potential civil unrest under control. The NYPD, for example, will dispatch officers to monitor 1,201 polling sites across the city on November 3.
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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment
Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.
In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.
“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”
The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”
Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.
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