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10/23/2012 (2 years ago)

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Obama supporters continue their threats to riot, Assassinate Romney on Twitter

The Social Networking device Twitter has recently been flooded with hundreds if not thousands of "tweets" vowing to assassinate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney should he win the election. Ostensible supporters of President Barack Obama have continued to threaten riots, among other social upheavals in the event of a Romney election victory - and federal agents are taking these threats very seriously.

The Social Networking device Twitter has recently been flooded with hundreds if not thousands of 'tweets' vowing to assassinate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney should he win the election.

The Social Networking device Twitter has recently been flooded with hundreds if not thousands of "tweets" vowing to assassinate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney should he win the election.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/23/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Twitter, Tweets, death threats, riots, Obama, Romney


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The increase in volume of violent comments appeared to coincide with Romney's poll numbers edging higher against Obama.

Some on Twitter have made direct threats to assassinate Mitt Romney, prompting the Secret Service to announce that it was "aware" of the threats and would "conduct appropriate follow up if necessary."

The media was keen on reporting the threats made against Obama prior to the 2008 election. The media of today, however, appear to be remiss in not reporting the similar attacks that have been made on Romney's life. The act of a few old guys hanging up empty chairs in reference to Clint Eastwood's RNC speech seemed to generate more coverage from the press compared to hundreds if not thousands of tweets threatening violence against Mitt Romney.

Those who have expressed opposition to Obama's policies have been treated as potential violent threats by authorities in the past, and yet not a single Twitter user has faced retribution for making direct and sometimes graphic death threats against Romney.

"Leftists routinely cry foul and attempt to demonize conservatives as violent extremists whenever online rhetoric gets heated, and yet when their own engage in even worse conduct, their behavior is absolved and the media is disinterested," Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars.com writes.

Obama front group Think Progress has attempted to imply that the whole story was somehow a racist contrivance dreamed up by the Drudge Report and Infowars.

Few would argue that if the Secret Service does plan on following up every single negative comment on Romney, they are going to be very busy indeed.

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