In the early days of Trump’s presidency, which seems now like a million years ago on the scandal calendar, a Florida congresswoman named Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) criticized his call to a grieving military widow because he told her that her husband “knew what he was getting into.” As a result, she was placed in the national spotlight and into the crosshairs of Trump’s Twitter insult cycle.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 19, 2019
Like many other politicians, former government leaders, journalists, and celebrities who have dared criticize Trump, Rep. Wilson received death threats from Trump supporters. A new death threat was revealed on Friday, and this one was made by a Pentagon contractor angry over Wilson’s support of a bill to vaccinate children.
The Daily Beast reports that voicemails from Darryl Varnum said:
‘I’m gonna kill your ass if you do that bill. I swear, I will fucking come down and kill your fucking ass. And you’re a Congressperson, that’s fine. I hope the fucking FBI, CIA and everybody else hears this shit.”
‘This is the United States of America, bitch. Get the fuck out,” the voicemail continued. “I’ll tell you what I’ll come down to Miami bitch. I’ll fuck you up. Like the Cubans don’t even know.’
NEW — A Pentagon contractor was arrested after threatening to kill Rep. Frederica Wilson over a pro-vaccination bill.
“This is the United States of America, bitch. Get the fuck out."https://t.co/OsyW3Et60M
— Sam Stein (@samstein) July 18, 2019
The bill requires Florida schools to vaccinate children, preventing a pandemic of measles and mumps and other preventable diseases with exception for children who are medically cleared for health reasons. Varnum compared mandatory vaccinations to the Holocaust on his Facebook account.
‘Though the name of the member targeted is not listed in the complaint, The Daily Beast has learned that the Varnum’s death threat was directed at Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL). According to the complaint, the voicemail was left at the congresswoman’s Florida office. And Varnum’s tirade centered on The Vaccinate All Children Act, legislation introduced by Wilson in May. The bill would require all public schools to vaccinate all their students in order to receive any federal funding. It exempts from the requirement any student whose doctor certifies that a vaccination might endanger the child’s health.’
Rep. Frederica Wilson was reportedly the target of a death threat by a Pentagon contractor angry about a bill requiring vaccinations https://t.co/gFctmKsx8A
— Roll Call (@rollcall) July 19, 2019
Varnum has quite a history with Florida police, which makes the choice to hire him as a contractor for the Pentagon quite alarming. Varnum’s wife says that he owns “numerous guns” that are unregistered and the contractor has been documented in the past as being unstable and delusional.
‘According to the complaint, Varnum’s wife previously told police that he owns “numerous guns.” He has registered just one: a .45 caliber Ruger pistol. His wife’s statement came in the course of another law enforcement encounter in 2015. Carroll County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from Varnum’s wife, who reported that her husband was having “behavioral issues.” When police arrived, an intoxicated Varnum had holed up in his garage with a rifle and a bottle of vodka, insisting that Taliban militants were en route to his house.’
Oh, and the guy was an anti-vaxxer who worked for the Pentagon, he was allegedly threatening to kill her over vaccine mandates https://t.co/RUkioiNTGs
— Jerry Iannelli (@jerryiannelli) July 18, 2019
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