Feds charge Las Vegas man for making antisemitic death threats against Jewish senator

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) speaks to reporters in Jerusalem, November 10, 2021 (Lazar Berman, Times of Israel)
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) speaks to reporters in Jerusalem, November 10, 2021 (Lazar Berman, Times of Israel)

A Las Vegas man threatened to kill Sen. Jacky Rosen, the Nevada Jewish Democrat, federal officials say, lacing his threats with antisemitic invective and anger at her advocacy for Israel while it is at war with Hamas.

Between October 11 and October 19, John Anthony Miller, 44, left numerous threatening messages on the office phone of a Nevada US senator, the Nevada US attorney says in a statement announcing Miller’s arrest. On October 17, “he threatened to assault, kidnap, or murder” her “with intent to impede, intimidate, or interfere” with her official duties, the statement says. The following day, he tried to enter a federal building where she keeps an office.

The statement and court papers filed Friday, when Miller appeared in court, do not name the senator, but Rosen’s office confirms to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that she was the target.

In one of the Oct. 17 voicemails, Miller allegedly says, “You done picked your side, bitch, and you done chose evil. I don’t give a f— if you were born into it or not, bitch, you are f—ing evil, bitch, and we are going to exterminate you.”

Rosen, a former synagogue president, has been at the forefront of combating antisemitism and Israel advocacy in the Senate, chairing the Bipartisan Task Forces for Combating Antisemitism alongside Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford. Just days after Octobber 7, Rosen joined a bipartisan delegation to visit Israel and show support.

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