It used to be illegal to make threats against a president. It certainly would have been illegal if these kinds of those threats had been made at the previous one.
Mashable reported this:
In the 12 days since Donald Trump took the oath of office, a steady stream of social media posts have called for the new president’s assassination.
The posts are pretty basic and many are jokes or sarcastic or hyperbolic — but there are a lot of them. In a Dataminr search of Twitter posts since Inauguration Day containing the phrase “assassinate Trump” more than 12,000 tweets came up.
The U.S. Secret Service, however, or even Twitter and Facebook themselves, doesn’t seem to be jumping onto many of these posts. When we asked several users about their recent “assassinate Trump” posts, all of them said they hadn’t been contacted by anyone about their post and they all remain up.
… Former U.S. Secret Service special agent Tim Franklin, who is now a criminology and criminal justice professor of counterterrorism and cybercrimes at Arizona State University, said in a phone call Tuesday that “it’s the people who have a true and genuine intent to do harm that the Secret Service is worried about.”
ZeroHedge lists some of what is being ignored by the authorities.
As Silicon Valley’s tech billionaires continue their crack down on “fake news”, “hate speech” and dissenting conservative opinions of all forms (see this from last night: “Reddit Bans Three Alt-Right Forums As Users Blast ‘Leftist Intolerance’“), one thing they don’t seem to be that worried about is death threats to the President of the United States. In fact, just a quick search of Twitter reveals 1,000s of tweets calling for the assassination of Trump.
Someone should just take one for the team and assassinate Trump
— Faz (@cxlanthe) February 3, 2017
Someone take one for the team n assassinate trump and pence pls you'll be remembered in history books as a hero
— ? (@mayashakti_) January 31, 2017
Can someone please just assassinate Trump he's already fucking everyone over who isn't already rich and I get nauseous reading about it
— mom fren (@monachopsica) January 25, 2017
ZeroHedge points out that at least some of the threats are being taken seriously.
Meanwhile, 24 year old Zachary Benson of Cleveland found himself in a jail cell shortly after his election night tweet storm. Per the New York Daily News:
A suburban Cleveland man who tweeted that his “life goal is to assassinate Trump” was charged with making threats on the president-elect, the feds said.
Zachary Benson, 24, also tweeted “F—ing fools. I hate you all” just as election returns assuring Donald Trump’s victory hit national airwaves, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday and obtained by WKYC-TV. Investigators said he was later apologetic about the tweets.
“Diplomacy. F—ing fools. I hate you all. I want to bomb every one of your voting booths and your general areas,” Benson tweeted at 1:25 a.m. on Nov. 9, according to investigators.
“My life goal is to assassinate Trump,” he tweeted 17 minutes later, the complaint showed. “Don’t care if I serve infinite sentences. That man deserves to decease existing.”
It’s only been two weeks and expecting the culture of double standards disappear over night is not likely, but it can’t be soon enough for most of us on the right.