Threatening people online, especially the President of the United States, is not a good idea and depending on the exact content of the message may be a crime. A Kentucky burlesque performer was recently fired by her employer and investigated by the Secret Service for allegedly threatening Donald Trump on Twitter. Her tweet stated, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump.” “bekind #trump #lovetrumpshate.”
During the past several months, there have been multiple people who have either had to find new employment or been investigated by law enforcement because of their social media threats towards Donald Trump. For example, an Ohio man is facing federal charges for his social media threats towards Trump and the CEO of a cybersecurity start up was forced to resign from the company he founded for his Trump social media threats.
The bottom line is that if you have strong political opinions that may get you fired or investigated by law enforcement you should be careful about posting them online or telling others. If you feel that you must express yourself online you should take the proper precautions to protect your privacy. Every time you log into Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc… your IP address is one of many data points these services collect so be aware that this information can be obtained by law enforcement and utilized to track you down. Therefore, before you put your name or face to an online message make sure you are ready to defend yourself in a court of law.