Man arrested, facing federal charges for death threats against GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz: Report

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) is known for being one of the Biden White House’s most outspoken critics. But the congressman made headlines this week for a very different reason.

Fox News reported Wednesday that a man is now facing a federal indictment for making threats against the congressman and his family.  

Threats against a congressman

Eugene Huelsman is accused of calling Gaetz’s congressional office several days after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill and claiming he would shoot the lawmaker.

“Tell [Matt Gaetz] to watch his back, tell him to watch his children,” Huelsman is alleged to have said in an angry voicemail on Jan. 9, according to Fox.

“I’m coming for him, he’s gonna f*****g die,” Huelsman reportedly added. “I’m gonna f****** kill him. Watch your back, I’m coming for you. I’m gonna put a bullet in you and I’m gonna put a bullet in one of your f****** kids too.”

DOJ closes in

According to Fox News, Huelsman was identified this past spring in the Northern District of Florida, but a judge sealed his indictment until the defendant could be located.

Huelsman was later arrested in California.

“I’m glad that prosecutors in the Northern District of Florida take death threats against me and my family seriously,” Gaetz said after the arrest, according to Fox. “I wish that were an ethic across the DOJ [Department of Justice] enterprise.”

“Really don’t know how to cope”

Violence and intimidation directed toward conservatives appear to have grown more common in recent years. Just last week, Fox reported that pro-life students at a Texas college had been confronted by an angry mob.

According to Fox, members of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) encountered hundreds of belligerent counter-demonstrators as they attempted to hold a pro-life candlelight vigil at the University of North Texas.

Fox News broadcast footage of the mob chanting, “F*** your God.” Another protester reportedly declared that she “loves sacrificing children.”

“I think they just really hate anybody who doesn’t agree with everything that they believe,” Kelly Neidert, the chair of the university’s chapter of the YCT and organizer of the event, told Fox. “And they just really don’t know how to cope with other people who have different beliefs.”

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