Trump Derangement Syndrome is no laughing matter.
A mentally unwell Florida man was arrested a block from the White House for threatening to kill President Donald Trump. 25-year old Roger Hedgpeth was charged with threats to do bodily harm and possession of a prohibited weapon, the Washington Post reported.
Man arrested near White House
The man approached a U.S. Secret Service agent outside the White House and declared that he came to kill Trump, according to the Associated Press. He had a 3.5 inch blade on his person as well as a pistol holster.
“I am here to assassinate Donald Trump,” he said. “I have a knife to do it with.”
Metropolitan Police took the man into custody at the corner of 15th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, about a block from the White House, and a mental evaluation was subsequently performed. According to a police report of the incident, Hedgpeth is a “mental health consumer” and an “endangered person.”
There are near-constant protests outside the president’s residence and in the immediate vicinity, and multiple individuals have been arrested for trying to trespass since Trump took office.
It’s safe to say that the White House, under Trump, has become a magnet for violent lunatics. A man who lit himself on fire outside the White House last year died of injuries sustained as a result of his demonstration in opposition to the administration.
Trump has been the target of numerous threats since he took office, some real, some depicted artistically, some from unhinged citizens and some from famous celebrities. The president’s assassination has been imagined in music videos and in stage plays, and liberal celebrities such as Madonna and Kathy Griffin have expressed their desire to inflict violence upon Trump both with their words and in twisted expressions of “art.”
The message seems be registering with the army of crazies who sincerely want to hurt the president and his supporters. Last week, an opera singer was arrested after crashing her car through security checkpoints at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida, according to the New York Post.
Days later, a man in Florida was arrested for trying to run over a Republican Party registration tent, ABC news reported. His truck narrowly missed smashing into a group of Trump supporters.
Continued vigilance required
The threats, it seems, will probably continue for as long as Trump remains in office, and after his triumph over impeachment, re-election seems more likely than ever.
All across America, the president and his supporters are being threatened with violence. But, to hear the mainstream media tell it, Trump is the divisive one.