On April 19, a Florida man by the name of John Kless was arrested by authorities and charged with making threatening communications against several government officials.
The communications were in the form of profanity-laced voicemails that were left on machines belonging to Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. Kless, 49, ranted about several topics on said voicemails, including Black people, Muslims, gun control, and illegal immigration.
Kless leaving messages for Booker and Swalwell were of slight note as they are both running for president. But for Tliab in question, she has faced increasing and similar criticism and threats since she is the first Muslim woman to have been elected to Congress and gained prominence when she stated she wanted to “impeach the motherf*****” in January in regards to President Trump.
In these same messages, Kless mentions Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar alongside Tliab, stating his hatred for both women and repeatedly calling Omar racial slurs.
The Tamarac resident also mentions elected officials being murdered and specifically referred to Tlaib, stating that “You definitely don’t tell our president, Donald Trump, what to say”. Kless was previously investigated for sending a voicemail to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and his case is currently being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc. S. Anton.
If convicted, Kless faces up to five years in prison.