Ohio Man Facing Federal Charges After Threatening Ocasio-Cortez

A man from Ohio is facing federal charges after he took to social media to threaten Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Just ahead of the weekend, 41-year-old Timothy Ireland was arrested at his residence in Toledo and was later charged in a U.S. District Court for claiming the Democrat congresswoman “should be shot,” ABC News reports.

“Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me,” Ireland reportedly said in the July 23 post, alongside the threat.

ABC News reports a court affidavit said Capitol Police questioned Ireland about the post where he reportedly bragged about its contents. Ireland was subsequently charged with “one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats.”

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said threats of this kind should not be tolerated in society, especially threatening messages towards those that serve in a government office.

“There is absolutely no place in the marketplace of ideas for threats of violence against any person, especially those who are elected to represent the American people,” said Herdman, who represents the Northern District of Ohio. “Disagreement on political issues cannot lead to acts of violence, and if it does, we will seek federal prison time.”

ABC News adds:

Agents found seven rounds of ammunition in Ireland’s home, officials said.

It was not immediately clear if Ireland had legal representation.

A spokeswoman for Ocasio-Cortez declined comment.

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez was also threatened with being shot after a Louisiana police officer called her a “vile idiot” who “needs a round.” The officer, Charles Rispoli, was fired four days later.


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