Should radio host Joe Walsh be arrested for threatening the president? | The Tylt
After last night's horrific shooting in Dallas, where five police officers were killed and another seven wounded by a sniper, former Illinois Congressman and current right-wing radio host Joe Walsh took to Twitter to blame President Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement for the violence. "This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you," he wrote in a tweet he later deleted.
Should Walsh be arrested for threatening the president?
Threatening the President of the United States is a class E felony, defined as "knowingly and willfully making or otherwise making any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States." Secret Service typically investigates people who violate this law, and closely monitor anyone who threatens the President. Declaring war to his 65,000 Twitter followers, telling Obama to "watch out" and that "real America" is coming after him seems to fulfill all the requirements of a threat. Thousands of people have reported Walsh to the FBI, and at the time of this writing #ArrestJoeWalsh was trending.
Others say that Walsh's comments weren't a threat—or that they were just typical shock jock hot air. The comments, they say, shouldn't be taken as a serious threat and don't warrant investigation. To his credit, Walsh did delete the original tweet and followed up with one in which he said "I wasn't calling for violence, against Obama or anyone" (though he added "Obama's words & BLM's deeds have gotten cops killed. Time for us to defend our cops"). And some say it simply wasn't a threat.
What do you think: should the Secret Service #ArrestJoeWalshNow? Or #DontArrestJoeWalsh—he's just a shock jock who went a little too far?
Should radio host Joe Walsh be arrested for threatening the president?
I wasn't calling for violence, against Obama or anyone. Obama's words & BLM's deeds have gotten cops killed. Time for us to defend our cops.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 8, 2016