Despite the Left’s unceasing adoration of former high school student David Hogg, whom liberals have elevated in their imaginations to some sort of teenage guru, he has yet to express an original thought on gun violence or any of the other topics he has enlarged upon.
His latest output is a prime example. In a tweet posted Tuesday, he mimicked word-for-word a tweet in all caps posted earlier by President Trump to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that read “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
The ever-clever Hogg made one emendation to the tweet, changing the salutation from “Iranian President Rouhani” to “US President Trump.”
To US President Trump: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) July 23, 2018
The clear intent of the tweet was as a “gotcha,” an effort to hoist the president by his own petard by turning his threat on its head. There is just one small problem that Hogg appears to have overlooked — namely, that it is a class E felony to threaten the President of the United States.
Specific language to this effect is found in the United States Code Title 18, Section 871, which expressly “prohibits knowing and willful threats to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm against” the president, his family, and the vice president and his family. The law also applies to past living presidents and candidates for the presidency
The punishment? That, too, is spelled out:
The offense is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 maximum fine, a $100 special assessment, and 3 years of supervised release.
Considering this kid’s limited prospects, it’s doubtful he’ll ever be able to pay the $100 special assessment fee, much less the $250,000 maximum fine.