Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Man who tweeted about killing Trump loses his job

With America's history of shooting presidents, making thinly veiled threats sure was unwise

Josh Hadley, a 41-year-old freelance film journalist and podcaster from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, told the Guardian he had been “trolling” Trump on Twitter for about a year.

“I’ve been kind of mean, but I don’t think any of them can be construed as threats,” he said. “I’m trying to be funny. I was trying to get a reaction out of him.”

Hadley marked Trump’s inauguration day by tweeting a slightly altered quote from the Oliver Stone movie U Turn: “Thousands of people die every day … why can’t you be one of them?” On New Year’s Day, he wrote: “Do you think if I shot @RealDonaldTrump Jodie Foster would love me?” (John Hinckley Jr, who shot Ronald Reagan, wrote to the actor before the attack.)

A single Twitter account with about 430 followers may seem insignificant on Twitter, where threads often become cesspools of harassment and abuse, but on Wednesday, Hadley received shocking news from one of his employers, the Grindhouse Channel. Hadley had a regular gig writing about 1,000 words a week for the Roku channel’s website.

“It has come to our attention that you have been sending more than one electronic message or ‘Tweet’ to @RealDonaldTrump that can be construed as threatening over the past few months,” Hadley’s boss Darrin Uzynski wrote in an email. Sending threats to a sitting president or presidential candidate was a criminal offense, Uzynski added, and the company was severing its contract with him “upon advice of counsel”.

Uzynski later told Hadley that the company had been contacted by the Secret Service, prompting the firing.



Bird of Paradise said...

Open mouth and insert foot this isa very common practice amounst liberals and this turkey just tweeted about kill the president now the turkey has no job FOOL

Anonymous said...

Liberals tell us incessantly how very, very, so very smart they are. Yet they are finding it difficult to see the line that divides their sophomoric attempts at "humor" from legally actionable threats. No tears for this guy or any of the others who can't subdue their hatred.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Anon 4:43 Liberal are not as smart as they think they are they still cant find their own home town on a map of their state

Anonymous said...

What you write on social media can and will be held against you in a court of law should you decide to be an idiot an make veiled threats. I have no problem with that. Social media should not be allowed to foster bullying or potential, perhaps actual threats of violence. Social media does not negate the boundaries of free speech. Think carefully if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs before you type. We are used to don't drink and drive, perhaps the new message should be don't drink and type.

Darzee the Tailorbird said...

He might consiter a career as a proffeestional demacratic politician he is showing it

Anonymous said...

Trump's SS strikes again.