In a disturbing escalation of extremist sentiment against conservative figures, Tracy Marie Fiorenza, 41, of Plainfield, Illinois, was arrested on charges of sending threatening emails targeting President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump. These actions underline the perils faced by public officials, especially conservative leaders, in today’s polarized environment.
According to federal prosecutors and recently unsealed criminal documents, Fiorenza, on May 21, explicitly stated in an email, “I will shoot Donald Trump Sr. AND Barron Trump straight in the face at any opportunity I get!” The email was addressed to the head of an educational institution in the Palm Beach, Florida, area, which is close to the Trump family’s primary residence, Mar-a-Lago.
🚨BREAKING: Crazed Chicago Woman Charged With Threatening To Shoot Trump And Son Barron
41 year old Tracy Marie Fiorenza was arrested on a charge of communicating threats to murder or harm.
Fiorenza’s social media presence made it clear that she is a far-left extremist and… pic.twitter.com/UzCaxJ96oG
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Fiorenza’s arrest adds to the concerning trend of increasing threats against U.S. public officials. Over the past decade, more than 500 threats against public figures have translated into federal charges. The sharp upturn in these threats has been especially noticeable in pivotal election years, with significant spikes observed in 2017 and 2021. Experts project that the period surrounding the 2024 election may see a similar pattern, a worrying indication for the safety of our national figures.
While Fiorenza’s social media activity reveals her association with fringe ideologies, describing herself as a “black magick occultist” and alluding to ties with the Illuminati, her extremist political views caught the attention of law enforcement.
Her digital footprint illustrates an unwavering disdain for President Trump and his family. This chilling revelation offers a sad reflection on the increased political polarization and the extent some individuals might go to voice their dissent.
Interesting that the woman (Tracy Marie Fiorenza) who threatened several times to put a bullet in both Donald Trump and his son, Barron, was simply asked to come into an FBI field office for an interview. Yet, the elderly man who threatened Biden’s life was executed.
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These digital breadcrumbs point to a deeper malaise. In an era of unbridled access to information and the means to communicate, it’s alarming that individuals like Fiorenza harness these tools not for enlightenment but for intimidation.
Fiorenza made her initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Chicago shortly after her arrest. The court proceedings indicated that she would be transferred to Florida to address the charges. Currently, there’s no information on whether Fiorenza has secured legal counsel.
Fiorenza faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison if convicted.