Gavin Weslee Blake Perry, 27, has been accused of threatening the lives of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats over their response to the coronavirus – saying that she and other Democrats “need to be removed at any cost necessary.”
Perry has been “charged with one count of allegedly transmitting a threatening communication in interstate commerce,” as reported by KJTL-TV. The FBI arrested him on Wednesday.
According to federal prosecutors, someone notified Wichita Falls police that Perry made threatening remarks on a Facebook account named “Gavinwbperry.” He reportedly posted a message that told people to kill Democrats.
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The New York Post reported that Perry “accused Pelosi on his Facebook page Monday of being part of a satanic cult, as well as other Democratic lawmakers who work closely with her.”
“Dems of the establishment will be removed at any cost necessary and yes that means by death,” Perry wrote in the post.
We are desperate times. The people are being attack by unseen enemy. Jobs being list, ppl getting sick, fear, suicides, depression. The democrats the Texas man threatened to kill Nancy Pelosi over coronavirus aid: feds https://t.co/jGkt0anR9l via @nypost
— peter sclafani (@_176733108495) March 29, 2020
In another public post, Perry urged people to “use live rounds” and an abbreviation for “shoot on sight” as he targeted Democrats.
“If youre a dem or apart of the establishment in the democrats side I view you as a criminal and a terrorists and I advise everyone to Go SOS and use live rounds,” Perry wrote with a screenshot of a tweet by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer criticizing Trump’s response to the outbreak. “Shoot to kill. This is a revolution.”
According to The New York Post, “Perry admitted that the Facebook account belonged to him, but insisted he was merely trying to warn fellow Americans to be wary of the ‘tyrannical’ government, prosecutors said.”
“This defendant’s threats against the Speaker and law enforcement agents are wholly inexcusable, and we look forward to bringing him to justice,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said.
Perry will face up to five years in federal prison if convicted.