A New York man has been arrested for making threats to kill prominent Democrats, protestors and law enforcement officers in retaliation for the US presidential election result, according to court papers released on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said that Brian Maiorana started making the threats after Joe Biden was declared winner of the November 3 election.
After the result was called on Saturday, 54-year-old Maiorana allegedly began to make social media posts in which he cited the novel “The Turner Diaries,” popular among neo-Nazis and cited as inspiration for numerous acts of terrorism, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The book depicts the overthrowing of the US government and extermination of Jews and Black people.
According to reports, Maiorana said he would “blow up” an FBI building and also was said to have made a threat against the “the Jew Senator from Jew York,” an apparent reference to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The suspect referred to the “fraudulently stolen” election and called for people who agreed with him to “hit the streets while these scumbags are celebrating and start blowing them away,” presumably referring to the celebrations by Biden supporters.
A search of his home uncovered a semiautomatic firearm and ammunition.
According to a report by NBC New York, Maiorana was convicted in 2007 of statutory sexual assault, and is a registered sex offender in New York.
Although he was issued a pistol permit in 1992 in Orange County, he is prohibited from owning guns or ammunition due to his status as a convicted felon.
“Maiorana’s online posts called for violence against our entire community — protestors, politicians, and law enforcement officers alike. His alleged threats are disturbing and far outside of acceptable norms, but they also violated federal law,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney.
The suspect appeared in court on Tuesday evening and was ordered detained. His attorney did not submit a request for bail.
US President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election, with senior officials saying that the unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud are aimed at keeping his base on side, despite the defeat.