Those who serve on the United States Supreme Court have to deal with their fair share of threats — and the chief justice just became the latest to fall into the crosshairs.
According to The Hill, John Roberts was said to have been the target of recent threats from a Virginia sheriff’s deputy, who allegedly posted online that the chief justice’s life “needs to be shortened.” After further review by his superiors, it was announced that the deputy had been fired for what he reportedly shared and wrote.
Aaron Hoffman, the now-former sheriff’s deputy for Prince William County, Virginia, allegedly wrote and shared comments on social media that quickly received a lot of attention from the public.
The Prince William County Sheriff’s Office shared in a Facebook post on Saturday that they received reports concerning “disturbing comments being made on several social media outlets by a deputy sheriff.”
The sheriff’s office wrote in the post that Prince William Sheriff Glendell Hill “was notified and ordered an Internal Affairs investigation. The investigation has concluded and the deputy has been terminated from employment with our office.”
According to The Washington Post, Hoffman has denied sharing any of the alleged comments about Roberts, claiming that his Parler account was hacked and someone else posted the comments under his name.
Hoffman later doubled down on his defense, claiming that he immediately deleted his Parler account after seeing the activity on his account via email notifications, according to reports.
What did he say?
Aside from allegedly writing that Roberts’ life “needs to be shortened,” Hoffman — or whoever was responsible for the posts — added a number of other disturbing threats of violence that were first noticed by journalist Molly Conger on Twitter, The Hill noted.
In one of the posts, Hoffman reportedly told his followers to locate the homes of various liberal judges and politicians and “remove them from their sanctuary.”
“Find the homes of every Governor, mayor, attorney general, liberal judge, senator, congressman and every major media/social media CEO…find them, remove them from their sanctuary. Bring the nightmare to where they lay their heads and kiss their loved ones. Show them that they are NOT untouchable,” he allegedly wrote.
The posts also involved COVID-19 vaccine developments and threats to murder anyone who would attempt to force his children to take the vaccine.
“I will kill anyone that touches my children without my consent,” Hoffman allegedly posted, according to The Hill.