Posted on June 7, 2012

Bitter on Twitter: Wisconsin Authorities Probe Death Threats Against Gov. Walker

Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, June 6, 2012

Critics of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to Twitter hours after he trounced his opponent in a recall election, threatening his life and catching the attention of authorities.

Several tweets explicitly called for the assassination of Walker, a Republican who angered public sector employees and labor unions by seeking to revamp the state’s beleaguered pension system.

“Somebody gone kill Scott Walker man,” read one tweet posted by user @PureeSCRUB.

“Someone from the NRA should shoot Scott Walker in the head, GTA-style,” said another user referring to violent video game Grand theft Auto.

“Scott walker will die within the next week ive already payed for the hit,” boasted a twitter user with the handle @caleb_white

The threats were strong enough for the Milwaukee Police Department and the state Department of Justice to launch investigations to determine how credible they were.


[Editor’s Note: More threatening tweets can be found here.]