81-year-old Elwyn Nels Fossedal, from Wisconsin, was arrested yesterday and charged with threatening President Obama’s life, according to federal court records. Fossedal was in a post office near his Wisconsin home last month when he announced, “If President Obama was here I would shoot him right there and kill him right now” according to prosectors.
Fossedal is a ‘birther’ and a Rush Limbaugh fan, playing into the myth that America’s first black president can’t legitimately hold the highest office in the land.
Wrapped in the flag:
Secret Service agents paid Fossedal a visit about about the threat–which was relayed to law enforcement by witnesses– but he “repeated the threat using different words. He also made a number of additional threats towards the President,” according to a felony complaint.
The Smoking Gun reports, “A Secret Service investigation determined that Fossedal’s wife Margaret Ann–to whom he had been married nearly 57 years–died in early-October and that “he is displacing his grief on her loss with anger towards” Obama and other public officials being protected by the Secret Service.”
Which brings a whole new issue to ‘Blame Obama’ with.
According to an investigator, Fossedal “is proficient in the use of various firearms.”
Via The Smoking Gun:
Pictured above, Fossedal this morning made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison, where a magistrate judge ordered him detained. If convicted of the threat, he faces a maximum of five years in prison.
Fossedal, a retired Pfizer employee, appears to be a “birther” based on comments he has posted online. A Rush Limbaugh fan, Fossedal has also called for Obama’s impeachment over the Affordable Care Act and declared that, “We need to throw the Muslim in the White House, OUT.”
While the Secret Service is at it, they should check out a Facebook group which states, “We now have authority to shoot Obama, i.e., to kill him.” Our friends at the Political Carnival wrote about the group and reported it to no avail.
The group is called the ‘United Patriots to Restore Our American Republic (UPROAR).’
Image: The Smoking Gun.