Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is rather unpopular with Democrats and ideological leftists due to her staunch support for both the Second Amendment and former President Donald Trump, as well as her concerted opposition to President Joe Biden and progressive leftist policies.
The FBI has now arrested and charged a self-proclaimed “lib” from Florida for making repeated death threats against the conservative Colorado congresswoman, Newsmax reported.
That Florida man has been identified as Matthew Lee Comiskey, and he now faces five separate felony counts of making an “interstate threat” against Boebert in 2021 on Twitter.
Death threats directed at the congresswoman
The news of the arrest was first reported by Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, who shared screenshots of the unsealed indictment against Comiskey on Friday.
According to the indictment, Comiskey’s first threat came on August 31, 2021, when he posted, “If I ever saw Lauren I’d be glad to take her out and go to prison. Would be job well done.”
On September 8, 2021, Comiskey threatened, “Don’t worry Lauren, someone is coming soon to show your face the 2nd Amendment in practice with a copper jacket. Enjoy.”
Then, on September 15, 2021, he wrote to Boebert, “Someone needs to put Lauren down like a sick dog. She is a true waste of life! Someone exercise their 2nd Amendment right to her face! Since the @CIA is a failure and @FBI is incompetent at charging her for being a terrorist it’s time to do it ourselves! Pew pew Lauren.”
That was followed on September 17, 2021, by a post from Comiskey that read, “I got my 2 amendment tool all ready to destroy Lauren’s face! Hopefully in front of her kids.”
Finally, that same day, Comiskey wrote, “Don’t come to Florida us libs have big guns and we stand our ground. Take you down like Trayvon,” a reference to the controversial 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
Could face substantial fines and up to 25 years in prison
“I’m thankful for the professional and effective work of the Capitol Police and the FBI,” Rep. Boebert told Newsmax. “The hateful and dangerous lies by Fake News outlets like Business Insider and the HuffPost encourage these sick people to make such threats against me and my family. These threats will not deter me from my work to effectively represent the 3rd District of Colorado and secure the rights of the American people.”
The crime of making an interstate threat is codified within 18 U.S. Code Sec. 875(c), which states: “Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”
That means that, if convicted on all five counts, Comiskey could be facing up to 25 years in prison. It remains unclear at this time when Comiskey will face trial for these threats or if he will ultimately plead guilty in a deal that would likely spare him from serving such a lengthy sentence.