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.]