Police arrested an Indiana man on May 8 for allegedly making a number of threats against Speaker John Boehner.
According to the Justice Department, Brandon James Thompson began threatening Boehner (R-Ohio) because Congress hasn’t extended unemployment insurance, reports Politico. Thompson, of New Castle, Indiana, was receiving unemployment checks in the amount of $341 every month. But that came to an end on Jan. 11, says an FBI affidavit.
Thompson allegedly made threats on Boehner’s website and to his wife’s cell phone, and he did admit to making the threatening calls. On March 31, Thompson allegedly left a message on the Boehner website in which he called the congressman “drunk John Bin Laden.” He also threatened to take his life “with my sniper rifle” because Boehner wanted to “play with 2.7 million lives.”
Boehner’s wife then received a message on her cell phone on May 1 saying that a man was “coming after your oompa loompa [expletive] husband.”
“He shoulda extended unemployment insurance,” the caller added, according to the FBI. “Now it’s too late. Imma rip his [expletive] head off.” Boehner’s wife also told Capitol police she received a voicemail on May 6 saying “you tell your husband to redo the unemployment extension because I’m going to come for him.”