Having already threatened to riot if Obama is unsuccessful in securing a second term, Obama supporters are also flooding Twitter with threats to assassinate Mitt Romney if he wins the presidential election.
As we reported yesterday, innumerable Obama supporters spoke of their plans to provoke violence and mayhem if Obama lost, aggrieved at fears that Mitt Romney would take away government handouts.
However, it seems that threats to assassinate Romney are proving just as popular on the social network as threats to riot.
Twitchy first reported on the death threats on Sunday but a deluge of new ones have flooded in since, including the following;
“I swear if Mitt Romney becomes president, I’m gonna be the one to assassinate his ass!!!” (SOURCE)
“im telling you if romney gets elected somebody gon have to take a L and A. assassinate romney and ryan or B. obliterate the WH w/ them in it.” (SOURCE)
“If Romney becomes president , hella people gonna try to assassinate him.” (SOURCE)
“Soo Romney said black folks are free loaders n basically tryna get us back to slavery…..I will personally Assassinate dat mf.” (SOURCE)
“If Romney Get Elected Somebody Gotta Assassinate Him” Me Duh Nigha ??” (SOURCE)
“If Romney Get Elected Somebody Gotta Assassinate Him.” (SOURCE)
“Fuck Romney ima assassinate.” (SOURCE)
It is important again to stress that these are not newly created fake accounts, they are owned by people who have made thousands of previous tweets.
While some Twitter users later backed away from their threats, others seemed genuinely serious. View a selection of screenshots below.
One Twitter user called @Lilsprings received a barrage of criticism from other Twitter users after he threatened to kill Romney, forcing him to retract the threat.
While the Secret Service routinely harasses Americans for criticizing Obama, in one recent case vowing to investigate a man who hung an empty chair from a tree in his garden in reference to Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech, or even merely making a political You Tube video, there is no indication that any of the Twitter users who made these threats will be investigated.
When Ted Nugent compared Obama and the Democrats to a coyote who should be shot, he was investigated by the Secret Service. In 2009, an Oklahoma man was pulled over by cops and later received a home visit from the Secret Service because of a sign that criticized Obama over his stance on abortion.
It remains to be seen whether or not there will be any follow up on the threats. Although some users may choose to delete them, Twitter itself normally maintains a policy of leaving the tweets in place. Earlier this year, a Twitter account called ‘Kill Zimmerman’ which was wholly devoted to making threats to assassinate George Zimmerman was left untouched despite widespread media condemnation.