The latest in a string of violent threats to government officials, a man arrested Wednesday morning for speeding through the snow at 135 mph told Utah police he was on his way to kill former Missouri DemocraticSen. Claire McCaskill.
According a report from Salt Lake City’s Deseret News citing a police affidavit, 36-year-old Utah resident George William Stahl was spotted speeding by a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
Police spiked his tires and then transported Stahl—who admitted to being heavily intoxicated on beer, Adderall and LSD—to the county jail, where he told police he was “on his way to Missouri to kill [former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill] if she wasn’t dead already.”
Stahl is under investigation for terrorism threats, reckless driving, speeding, failing to stop at the command of the police, DUI and drug posession, according to Deseret News.
McCaskill served as Missouri’s senator from 2006 to 2019, when she lost her reelection bid to Sen. Josh Hawley (R), and told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she is concerned by the country’s “very high” political temperature.
“Obviously, this is not the first time there have been threats, and that is never good,” said McCaskill, “but the political temperature is very high right now, which makes it concerning.”
This threat to McCaskill comes a few days after a Staten Island man was arrested for posting anti-Semitic threats to Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on social media, and around a month after the FBI thwarted a months-long violent plot, involving a Michigan militia, to kidnap and try for treason Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Government officials including Whitmer have complained of heightened threats to their wellbeing that they source back to rhetoric from the White House. President Trump frequently attacks Democratic politicians and those who he believes to be disloyal on social media. Top infectious diseases official Dr. Anthony Fauci, who became a target of the president’s attacks during the coronavirus pandemic, said he and his family have received death threats and he now power walks under security detail.
In an October article in The Atlantic, Whitmer denounced the president’s “cruel, adolescent attacks,” saying he puts “leaders, especially women leaders, at risk.”