Memo to all the keyboard warriors out there (including celebrities!) who think they can threaten President Trump with impunity.
You might want to take note of Chase Bliss Colasurdo, who will be spending the next five years behind bars.
If ever there was a time to show this meme, it seems like now would be it:
Here's more, from the Washington Examiner:
A judge has sentenced a Seattle man to five years in prison for repeatedly making threats against the President Trump’s family, synagogues, and members of the media.
Chase Bliss Colasurdo, 27, pleaded guilty in May to threatening to bomb synagogues and commit violence against media figures in southern California. Colasurdo also made online threats against Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
Colasurdo has a history of severe mental illness and paranoid delusions. He was sentenced for his crimes on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
The case highlights the "frightening intersection of mental illness and weapons," U.S. Attorney Brian Moran said.
Law enforcement started tracking him after he made a series of threats against the Trump family on social media and in letters to various media outlets.
Police met with Colasurdo, and he blamed the social media posts on a hack while continuing to post threats about bombing synagogues. Law enforcement arrested Colasurdo after he began buying gear such as a holster, a bulletproof vest, and ammunition. He also attempted to buy a gun but was denied.
And from the Department of Justice itself:
A 27-year-old Kent, Washington resident is in custody charged with two counts of making interstate threats for his online posts regarding members of President Trump’s family as well as ongoing threats to bomb synagogues and threats made against media figures in Southern California, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. CHASE BLISS COLASURDO, was arrested May 1, 2019 and will make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle at 2:00 PM Thursday May 2, 2019.
According to the criminal complaint, in March 2019, a member of the public reported to the FBI concerns about Instagram and other social media posts where COLASURDO threatened to execute members of President Donald Trump’s family. Additionally, COLASURDO sent messages to five different media organizations that he was going to execute the family member. COLASURDO posted a photo on Instagram showing a hand with a firearm pointed at the photo of a Trump family member. When initially contacted by law enforcement in March, COLASURDO claimed his social media accounts had been hacked.
Despite his statements that he was not responsible for the posts, COLASURDO continued to make threatening comments, specifically threats to members of the Jewish community. In one post he wrote it was time to start “bombing synagogues.” As law enforcement continued to track his activity, it became clear he was purchasing various items related to firearms such as a holster, bulletproof vest and ammunition. COLASURDO attempted to purchase a firearm but was denied.
FBI agents arrested COLASURDO without incident about 11:30 AM on May 1, 2019.
The charges contained in the complaint are allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the charges are proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt.
Interstate threats are punishable by up to five years in prison and three of supervised release.
The case is being investigated by the FBI in conjunction with an investigation by the Los Angles Police Department. The case in the Western District of Washington is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.