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Maryland man charged with threatening Biden, Harris in letter on supporter's doorstep

Politics Oct 21, 2020 01:35PM ET
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© Reuters. Handmade signs of support for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in rural Wisconsin

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Maryland man with threatening Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris in a letter left on the doorstep of a someone with a yard sign supporting their campaign.

James Dale Reed, 42, of Frederick, is accused of leaving the handwritten letter that issued a warning to supporters of the Democratic candidates.

"We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs," the letter said. "We are the ones with those scary guns, We are the ones your children have nightmares about ... When We capture Grandpa Biden We will all severely beat him to the point of death."

The letter also threatened an act of sexual violence against Harris.

The person who received the letter, who prosecutors did not identify, does not know Reed, but had Biden-Harris yard signs.

The case against Reed comes at the same time that civil rights groups have warned about the potential for armed civilians at polling places sparking violence or trying to illegally intimidate voters.

In Minnesota, civil rights groups sued to block efforts by a private security company to deploy armed polling monitors, while in Michigan, people will be banned from carrying guns near polling places.

"The right to vote and peacefully support the candidate of your choice are bedrocks of our democracy," Robert Hur, the U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland, said in a statement. "We will not tolerate threatening conduct that seeks to intimidate, harass or dissuade Americans from exercising their right to vote."

The Justice Department said investigators were able to identify Reed thanks to a Ring door camera.

It was not immediately clear whether Reed had retained an attorney.

Prosecutors said Reed on Oct. 13 denied leaving the letter but two days later admitted to it.

Maryland man charged with threatening Biden, Harris in letter on supporter's doorstep
 

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James Pattison
James Pattison Oct 21, 2020 2:08PM ET
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Jussie Smolett is that you again?? So silly
Green Mango
Green Mango Oct 21, 2020 2:03PM ET
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Trump supporters shot in Chicago, Milwaukee, Portland, Seattle, all over.  Did you miss that reuters?
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Green Mango Oct 21, 2020 2:02PM ET
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That is most likely a Dem operative trying to whip up some sentiment against Trump supporters, who would have no reason to do that.  Typical Reuters, missing all of the violence actually committed against Trump supporters all over America and instead running this fake story, like the "plot" against Gov of Michigan, who is in real trouble with her voters.  Get woke libs, you are being played.  FBI is part of it, big tech is all in.
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Oct 21, 2020 1:16PM ET
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Hell, in Charlotte NC we have BLMs attacking people at the polls and where is the Reuters on that?
 
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