Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of a South Florida man who is accused of making threatening, racist phone calls to three Democratic lawmakers earlier this week in which he called Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) a “Taliban b*tch.”
The U.S. Capitol Police said that 49-year-old John Joseph Kless of Broward County, Fla., left threatening voicemails with the offices of Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) as well as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Kless mentioned Rep. Omar in all three messages, according to police, calling her a “towel head” and referencing recent comments she made about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“It was your Taliban bitch, the one who opened up her f—ing towel head mouth about how ‘some people did it,’ ” authorities say Kless said in his message to Tlaib, who along with Omar is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.
“You know what? She’s lucky she’s just getting death threats, bitch. So are you. All right? You’re lucky they’re just threats. Motherf—er. ‘Cuz the day when the bell tolls, whore, and this country comes to a war, there will be no more threats. Your life will be on the f—ing line.”
According to court records, Kless called Swalwell a communist and said someone would kill him if he enacted the gun control proposals.
The suspect also repeatedly used the N-word against Booker and said that he wanted to kill black people, telling him to tell his “colleague with the towel on her head to shut up about 9/11.”
In two of the three voicemails left this week, police say that Kless also defended President Trump while telling Tlaib and Booker that they should stop criticizing the White House.
Authorities said that Kless also left “profane/harassing” messages at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office as well.
Kless was charged with making threatening communications and could face up to five years behind bars.
Florida man arrested for threatening to kill @ericswalwell, @RashidaTlaib & @CoryBooker. "The day you come after our guns, motherf—-, is the day you'll be dead," he said in a voicemail to Swalwell, according to complaint https://t.co/TKuInZ0pAc pic.twitter.com/kU3ZK6BUi0
— Casey Tolan (@caseytolan) April 19, 2019
Last year, Miami-area resident and President Trump supporter, Cesar Sayoc, was arrested after he sent dozens of pipe bombs to prominent Democratic-figures, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton.