Firebrand Congresswoman Maxine Waters raised eyebrows across the nation this weekend; vowing to “knock off” President Trump while delivering a scathing speech in Washington, DC.
The definition for “knock off” is to kill. A simple google search will even show you this.
The full-time anti-Trump crusader took her war against the president to the next level while receiving a ‘Diversity’ award Friday evening; pledging to take down Trump before setting her sights on Vice President Pence.
“There are those who say, ‘What if we get rid of him? Then we’ve got that Vice President and he’ll be worse.’ I say knock off the first one and then go after the second one,’” screamed Waters
The reality is if her threat is is determined to be a “true threat” it is a crime and the secret service can arrest her. The FBI can arrest her. Congress can have an arrest warrant issued and served. The local police department, local sheriff’s department, local constable, homeland security, etc. can arrest her if: 1) She was in their jurisdiction at the time she made a death threat or incited any type of violence.
AND 2) Congress is not currently in session AND 3) The arresting officer was a witness to her crime or there were citizen witnesses to her crime whose credibility is good enough to convince a Judge or Justice of the Peace to issue a warrant.
If Congress is in session, she cannot be arrested for anything at all, however, she is not immune to the law. Any pending warrants that were deferred due to Congress being in session can be served the very minute the current Congress session officially closes. Although threatening the life of an elected public official may be considered a more serious crime, any person can be arrested for threatening bodily harm to another person is the threat is credible and specific enough that a reasonable would [feel] be threatened, thereby making it a “true threat.”
In Texas, a person can be arrested for making a terroristic threat for threatening to commit an offense involving violence and the intent is to: Cause a reaction from a government official. OR Influence the conduct of a government agency. OR Place any person or the general public in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.