Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was the target of a possible assassination plot earlier this year, court documents show.
The 19-year-old suspect, who is currently being held on child pornography charges, appears to have been a fan of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and was fascinated by acts of terror and mass shootings.
Arrest for weapons uncovers child porn, assassination plot
The Washington Post gave a rundown of the huge legal trouble now faced by 19-year-old Alexander Hillel Treisman, a resident of North Carolina who was arrested outside of a bank in Kannapolis, North Carolina in May.
Bank employees had grown suspicious and called the police about an abandoned white van in the parking lot, which, upon inspection, was revealed to contain multiple firearms and ammunition in plain sight. The van was towed away and Treisman was arrested upon returning to the bank.
According to a recent court document ordering Treisman to be held in custody without bail, searches of the van and another vehicle had turned up several rifles and handguns, several boxes of ammunition, “drawings of swastikas and planes crashing into buildings,” multiple drivers licenses, a fake passport, “books (about survival, bomb making, improvised weapons and Islam),” and over $500,000 in cash.
Thousands of images and videos of child pornography were found on a cell phone and several other electronic devices, among other incriminating items.
Had Treisman been a Trump supporter, his political leanings would be no secret. But as PJ Media pointed out, it wasn’t until the 15th paragraph of the 21 paragraph Post article that the liberal newspaper got around to revealing that the alleged plotter appeared to be a Sanders supporter who allegedly began to plot his attempt on Biden’s life after Sanders dropped out of the presidential race.
The Post reported:
The 19-year-old’s focus on Biden started in the spring, according to the order… Days after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign, Treisman, who had suggested in a Reddit post that he had to “save bernie,” posted a meme with the caption questioning whether he should kill Biden.
The Daily Beast reported that “investigators concluded the account was referring to Sen. Sanders, who dropped out of the presidential race on April 8.”
The plot involved purchasing firearms in different states and internet searches for Biden’s home address in Wilmington, Delaware. In fact, records show that Treisman actually ended up at a fast-food restaurant a mere four miles away from Biden’s home at one point.
According to the court documents, prosecutors have gathered the following evidence of the plot against Biden:
An iFunny meme posted by Defendant on April 15, 2020 with the caption “should I kill joe biden?”
A timeline of internet searches conducted by Defendant between March and May 2020 seeking information about Joe Biden’s home address, state gun laws, rifle parts, and night vision goggles, along with actions taken by Defendant, including posting the abovementioned meme about killing Joe Biden, purchasing an AR-15 in New Hampshire, traveling to a Wendy’s within 4 miles of Joe Biden’s home, and writing a checklist note ending with “execute.”
As of yet, Treisman has yet to face any criminal charges related to the firearms or assassination plot, though all of that and more was used as evidence to hold him without bail for three counts of child pornography.