Former Philadelphia city commissioner says Trump’s tweet escalated level of threats against him and his family
Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican, said the threats against him became more specific and more graphic after former President Donald Trump tweeted against him.
“On some level it feels almost silly to talk about a tweet, but we can really see the impact that they have. Because prior to that [tweet], the threats were pretty general in nature,” he told the Jan. 6 committee. “After the President tweeted at me by name, calling me out the way that he did, the threats became much more specific, much more graphic. And included not just me by name but included members of my family by name, their ages, our address, pictures of our home.”
Trump, who continues to make unfounded claims about voter fraud and claims that the election has been stolen from him, had attacked Schmidt on Twitter on Nov. 11, 2020, calling him a “RINO,” or a “Republican in name only.”
“He refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty. We win!” Trump had tweeted.