An Illinois Army veteran has been charged in federal court with threatening to kill a Republican congressman.
Rochester resident Randall Tarr, 64, was charged with communicating threats to injure a person and threatening to assault, kidnap, or murder a federal official. The charges stem from a Nov. 25 phone call to Republican Rep. Rodney Davis’s office.
According to court documents, Tarr became enraged after seeing one of the three-term congressman’s commercials. Investigators said he left a voicemail on Davis’s office phone.
“You backing the Russians, boy?” Tarr said. “What’s wrong with you? Are you … so f—ing stupid? I was in the military for eight years, and you son of a bitch, are backing the Russians over our own intelligence?”
“What is wrong with you, Rodney? Oh my God. I’m not voting for you next time. You f—er,” he continued. “I don’t care if you back Trump. But stupid son of a bitch, you’re gonna go against our military and back the Russians.”
“I’m a sharpshooter. I could. I’d like to shoot your f—ing head off you stupid mother—er,” Tarr said.
When contacted by law enforcement, Tarr said he called the phone number off of Davis’s commercial and left the voicemail and regretted the words he used.
“I said I had been a sharpshooter in the Army. I didn’t realize I said anything about shooting him. I might have. I don’t even own a weapon,” Tarr told the Associated Press . “I wish I could just take it all back and just say he’s a lousy [expletive] for backing the Russian theory.”
The post ‘Shoot your f—ing head off’: Army veteran charged with threatening to shoot GOP lawmaker appeared first on Washington Examiner.