A man was arrested in Florida for leaving messages with threats and racist and homophobic insults to Democratic legislators of the federal Congress, the Attorney General of the Southern District of this state said Friday.
John Kless, 49, of Tamarac, South Florida, appeared for the first time this Friday before federal judge Barry S. Seltzer in the wake of “multiple threatening communications made to the offices of the Congress of California members. , Michigan and New Jersey, “according to the prosecution.
The detainee made the calls from a cell phone on April 16 and left messages on the telephones of the Washington offices of Senator Cory Booker and Congressmen Rashida Tlaib and Eric Swalwell.
Swalwell, a representative from California who recently announced his run for the presidential nomination by the Democratic Party with the promise of battling for greater arms control, told him that if he continues with that goal “he will be dead”, while the African-American senator Booker hurled insults of a racist nature.
In his message to Tlaib, Kless referred to the Muslim congresswoman from Michigan as a member of the Taliban, according to local police.
Kless was released on bail, with an electric anklet and ordered to stay away from lawmakers and firearms.
According to the WPLG channel, a local subsidiary of ABC, a woman who resides in the detainee’s apartment, and who is presumed to be her partner, said that the house has been registered by federal forces.
Known the arrest, Swalwell issued a statement in which he thanked the security forces at the Capitol in Washington and Florida the measures to protect him and his team.
“I’m running for president to make changes to our firearms laws through a democratic process, there should be a respectful debate on this issue, but violence is the lowest form of communication and has no place in our community,” he added.