Police arrested Richard Szala, from Clearwater, Florida has been arrested and charged with making death threats to Trump supporters and 7 elected Republicans, including the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis. The other six are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.),Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.), and Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Szala also threatened Trump supporters, including his neighbor. Another neighbor was in shock. He had planned on putting up yard signs and other material for Trump but had decided that in the current climate it could be dangerous. He is now glad that he did not do it. You never know who your neighbors are. They could be unhinged leftists.
Szala’s neighbor John Clayton, a Trump supporter, told WFLA-TV:
“We were going to plant signs and what have you, but I thought, you know what, in this environment, maybe not a good idea and now, oh my God. No clue. Cause you have no idea who your neighbors are.”
Szala is now saying that he did indeed make the threats but was never going to carry them out. The authorities confiscated his gun. Making terroristic threats is a serious crime and Szala will likely be sent to prison.
Clearwater Lt. Michael Walek told WTVT:
“We got a credible tip from an information intelligence gather source about him posting threatening comments on YouTube. His comments were directed to the Republican party, specific people in the Republican party. He was threatening to shoot them.”
“He admitted to making the statements out of anger and just shouldn’t have said it, didn’t mean it, but he still said it. Anytime somebody threatens to shoot somebody and kill somebody because he’s upset with them, it’s inappropriate and not going to be tolerated.
“We take all written threats seriously. It doesn’t matter if it’s a political rant, a school, a neighbor, a friend…anytime you threaten somebody, we can establish probable cause you’re going to jail. We don’t know if you’re joking. We don’t know what your actions are going to be.”
With any luck at all, Szala will be enjoying an all expense paid vacation at a prison of the authorities’ choosing.