A New York man upset with what he perceived as Donald Trump’s threats to democracy was criminally charged on Monday with threatening to kill the former US president, who he once referred to as Hitler.

Prosecutors said the defendant, Thomas Welnicki, 72, of Rockaway Beach, threatened to do ‘everything I can’ to ensure Trump’s death, and once inquired about Secret Service protection for former presidents and their children.

Welnicki was accused in a criminal complaint of discussing Trump’s demise in several voluntary communications with US Capitol Police and the Secret Service between July 2020 and December 2021, during and after Trump’s presidency.

The case was brought as Trump, a Republican, continues pressing false claims that widespread voting fraud caused him to lose the November 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden.

‘Mr. Welnicki intended no harm to anyone,’ his lawyer Deirdre von Dornum, attorney-in-charge of the federal defender’s office in Brooklyn, said in an email.  

Pictured: a courtroom sketch of Thomas Welnicki, 72, of Rockaway Beach, who threatened to do 'everything I can' to ensure Trump's death

Pictured: a courtroom sketch of Thomas Welnicki, 72, of Rockaway Beach, who threatened to do 'everything I can' to ensure Trump's death

Pictured: a courtroom sketch of Thomas Welnicki, 72, of Rockaway Beach, who threatened to do ‘everything I can’ to ensure Trump’s death

Assistant US Attorney Victor Zapana

Assistant US Attorney Victor Zapana

Judge Vera Scanlon

Judge Vera Scanlon

Pictured: Assistant US Attorney Victor Zapana, left, and Judge Vera Scanlon, right

Thomas Welnicki, 72, from Queens, New York, has been charged with threatening to kill, kidnap, and inflict bodily harm on former president Donald Trump, pictured in September 2021

Thomas Welnicki, 72, from Queens, New York, has been charged with threatening to kill, kidnap, and inflict bodily harm on former president Donald Trump, pictured in September 2021

Thomas Welnicki, 72, from Queens, New York, has been charged with threatening to kill, kidnap, and inflict bodily harm on former president Donald Trump, pictured in September 2021

‘He was expressing how distraught he was at what he saw as the threats to our democracy posed by former President Trump.’ 

Lawyers and spokespeople for Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

US Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon set bail at $50,000, and ordered Welnicki to undergo alcohol and mental health treatment and submit to GPS monitoring.

Assistant US Attorney Victor Zapana said there remained ‘lingering concern’ about the defendant following his ‘very concrete and scary threats.’

Von Dornum countered that Welnicki had not left New York City for 15 years, and that if he were a danger ‘they would have arrested him sooner.’  

Pictured: Trump posing with his son, Donald Jr, and Kimberly Guilfoyle on January 1, 2022. Welnicki had also threatened Trump's children

Pictured: Trump posing with his son, Donald Jr, and Kimberly Guilfoyle on January 1, 2022. Welnicki had also threatened Trump's children

Pictured: Trump posing with his son, Donald Jr, and Kimberly Guilfoyle on January 1, 2022. Welnicki had also threatened Trump’s children 

Pictured: Donald Trump, who Welnicki likened to 'Hitler' amongst his threats

Pictured: Donald Trump, who Welnicki likened to 'Hitler' amongst his threats

Pictured: Donald Trump, who Welnicki likened to ‘Hitler’ amongst his threats

According to the criminal complaint, Welnicki told Capitol Police in July 2020 that if Trump lost the election and refused to step down, he would ‘acquire weapons’ and ‘take him down.’ 

Welnicki allegedly later called the Secret Service around January 4, 2021, threatening to kill Trump and 12 unnamed congressional supporters, and referring to a $350,000 bounty. 

‘I will do anything I can to take out (Trump) and his 12 monkeys,’ Welnicki was quoted as saying. 

‘Tomorrow (Trump) will be in Georgia, maybe I will.’

Trump visited Georgia that day to campaign for two incumbent Republican senators who sought unsuccessfully to win re-election and keep the US Senate under Republican control.

Two days later, on January 6, 2021, Trump supporters assaulted the US Capitol in a failed bid to overturn the presidential election.

Prosecutors said Welnicki’s threats continued into the autumn of 2021, when he likened Trump to Adolf Hitler and referred to Trump’s children.

He also allegedly told the Secret Service on December 2, 2021 that ‘the new Civil War could break out and taking up arms against the government is justified when ballots don’t matter.’

Court documents filed in Welnicki's case were unsealed by a judge on Monday

Court documents filed in Welnicki's case were unsealed by a judge on Monday

Court documents filed in Welnicki’s case were unsealed by a judge on Monday 

Source: Daily Mail

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