OOPS: Trump Fan Posted A Terrorist Threat Online – Didn’t Think It Would Be ‘A Big Deal’
James Cobo of Arizona Threatened To ‘Drive Through’ Anti-Trump Protests
Despite the many instances that we see on a regular basis, it appears some folks just haven’t realized making terrorist threats online doesn’t always go unpunished. And in the recent case of one Arizona man, there won’t be much sympathy for his punishment.
James Cobo lost his job after threatening to drive through protests of Republican Donald Trump in Phoenix. Screenshots of Cobo’s messages circulated around social media after he made the threats. In one post, he encouraged his “Republican friends” to “go drive through them just saying” while sharing the link to the “Protest Trump Downtown Phoenix” event. In another post on the event page, he stated:
You are all pathetic. Cant wait to drive through. 4×4 with push bumper will be sweet in this crowd. I named my lifted truck ‘trumper,’
— Glen Allen (@GlenResists) August 22, 2017
His employer, West Valley Tires, let the world know they would no longer need his services in a Facebook post.
When interviewed by the Arizona Republic about the matter, Cobo was just as disgusting as you would expect. His comments were repulsive:
“I never said I was actually going to hit anybody with a vehicle. They assumed it. Never would have thought it would be a big deal.”
“I still can’t figure out why I’m being called a racist. I’ve never even said anything racist.”…He said his post was not referencing the violent incident that killed Heather Heyer, but he also didn’t express sympathy for her.
“If you play in the road, you might get hit by a car. My parents taught me that when I was little,” he said. “Now, her family has $225,000, because she played in the street, and people feel sorry for her family.”
The blatant lack of sympathy for Heyer by Cobo echoes the same sentiments heard from white supremacist Chris Cantwell in his interview with Vice. He stated:
“I’d say it was worth it,” Cantwell says. “The fact that nobody on our side died, I’d go ahead and call that points for us.”
“I think a lot more people are going to die here,” he says, smirking.
Cantwell surrendered to police yesterday and is being held without bond on three felony counts related to his actions in Charlottesville.
Jason Kessler, one of the organizers behind the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, also reportedly call Heyer’s death “payback” in a now-deleted Tweet.
James Cobo may not understand why he is being called a racist, but only the most blind would miss the obvious connection.
We have seen a lot of awful and deplorable reactions to the Charlottesville domestic terror attack, including from the president himself. And as time goes on, some of the reactions are just getting worse.
Featured image composite by Reverb Press, screenshots via Facebook.
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