A supporter of President Donald Trump has set off alarm bells after declaring in an email to lawmakers that “mass execution” of public officials will begin “very soon” unless Trump is declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
The email was called out by Michigan state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D) on Tuesday, Fox 2 Detroit reports.
“This was sent to my office this evening from Randall Yaeger, who chose to send it from his work email at Yaeger Construction. This email has already been sent to the authorities,” Pohutsky said in a Facebook post.
In his email, Yaeger repeated debunked claims of massive voter fraud and warned that “American voters will now be forced to change our government officials with bullets instead of ballots.”
The threatening email also “predicts” that the “mass execution” of public officials will begin “very soon” unless Trump is given a second term as president.
While posting the man’s name, Pohutsky discouraged people from trying to track him down online or otherwise.
“As I mentioned, the authorities have been informed and are investigating. Please do not speculate as to who sent it or post profiles you think belong to that person. There are people whose job it is to determine his identity and civilians doing so is dangerous and unfair to people who may not have done anything wrong,” she wrote in a follow-up post.
Public officials in several states have been receiving death threats since Trump and his allies started disseminating conspiracy theories about the election being stolen from him.
“Whether it’s an elected official or any other person, there’s no room for these type of threats in our society,” Pohutsky told Fox 2 Detroit.
Yaeger could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the threat, according to the report.