In the most recent example of violent postelection rhetoric, a criminal complaint was unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging Brian Maiorana, a resident of Staten Island, with threatening to kill and ordering others to kill protestors, politicians and law enforcement in retaliation for the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Following Maiorana’s arrest at his home on Tuesday, the FBI executed a search warrant at his residence and seized a semiautomatic firearm and ammunition.
Maiorana, 54, is a registered sex offender in New York due to a 2007 felony conviction for sexual assault in Pennsylvania, which means he is prohibited from legally owning guns or ammunition.
Prosecutors said that starting in September 2020, Maiorana began issuing violent threats on an undisclosed social media platform.
On November 5, Maiorana reportedly posted that “the carnage needs to come in the form of extermination of anyone that claims to be Democrat . . . as well as their family members.”
On November 8, after Joe Biden secured the requisite 270 electoral votes to win the presidential election, Maiorana posted that “the electoral process is finished” and that “All right thinking people need to hit the streets while these scumbags are celebrating and start blowing them away” as the election was “fraudulently stolen from us.”
Maiorana also wrote that he wanted to “blow up” an FBI building and made an anti-Semitic reference to “the Jew Senator from Jew York,” in a veiled threat to Sen. Chuck Schumer, the senior United States senator from New York.
“The Department of Justice will not stand idly by when people like the defendant allegedly threaten to kill elected officials, lawful protesters and law enforcement simply because of animus toward the outcome of an election,” said Seth D. DuCharme, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Prosecutors say that Maiorana posted that “The Turner Diaries must come to life.” The Turner Diaries is a 1978 novel that is popular among white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups. It describes an overthrow of the government and the extermination of Jews and nonwhites. It was cited as an inspiration by the Oklahoma City bombers in 1995. According to the New York Times, Maiorana’s Facebook page is “topped with the hashtag #All Lives Matter and makes clear that he supports President Trump.”
Last Thursday, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said he’d like to see Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray beheaded as “a warning to federal bureaucrats.” That same day, prosecutors arrested two Virginia men who drove to Philadelphia to “deliver a truck full of fake votes” because they were concerned about ballot-counting taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Over the weekend, an Arkansas police chief resigned after he reportedly made social media posts that called for Democrats to be killed.