On Friday, a Jewish lawmaker from Michigan claimed that the FBI had contacted her and two other lawmakers about a guy who was allegedly armed and had threatened to kill Jewish state officials on Twitter.
The officials have not been publicly identified by the FBI. But Democratic state representative Samantha Steckloff from a Detroit suburb claimed she was notified when authorities detained Jack Carpenter III last week.
Carpenter was about to be arrested because “they just claimed there were genuine threats against the other Jewish legislators and me,” Steckloff told The Associated Press.
Carpenter, still in detention, had a bond hearing scheduled for Friday in federal court. As their case is being heard, the prosecution wants to keep him behind bars.
Dana Nessel, Michigan’s attorney general, declared herself a target on Thursday.
“You frequently receive threats. Since I’ve been dealing with extremism and antisemitism since October or November, it probably didn’t upset me as much as it should have.
Threats, according to her, increased when Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, made antisemitic remarks in interviews and on social media last year. He has apologized for a little.
When Carpenter, of Tipton, Michigan, tweeted on February 17 that he was going back “to carry out the punishment of death to anyone” who is Jewish in Michigan government “if they don’t leave, or confess, and now that sort of problem,” the FBI claimed he was in Texas.
In addition, Carpenter established “New Israel” as a new nation surrounding his residence, claiming a criminal complaint.
Investigators claimed that he had weapons and ammo in his car.