There’s no doubt the political environment is extremely contentious with heated rhetoric on both sides. However, one Cleveland, Ohio man took it too far.
David Staudohar was charged Tuesday after allegedly threatening to murder House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “committing treason,” Fox News reported. The 53-year-old military veteran faces up to five years in prison if convicted of initiating threatening communications across state lines.
According to documents, Staudohar made calls from the Cleveland area to police in California, Texas, and Kentucky on Nov. 13, 2020, to let them know his deadly plans. These threats were made less than a week after President Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump in the election.
The man allegedly began by notifying the police in St. Helena, California, where Pelosi owns a vineyard and home, of his plans against her. “I want to let you know that I’m gonna be landing in the Stockton, California, airport,” Staudohar said, according to court documents. “I’m coming up there for a … vengeance.”
Just hours later, he made a separate report to Louisville, Kentucky police, and Dallas, Texas police. He allegedly told both departments he hired a “hit” against a Washington, D.C. politician that court documents later said was Pelosi. “I’m a self-made man, and I have ordered a hit,” he reportedly said to a Dallas police officer. “I ordered two bullets to be put in her head.”
The threats became more severe in calls he initiated on June 24 again to St. Helena police. “You tell that dirty f—–g c— I’m gonna work her over with brass knuckles,” court records say he threatened. “By the time I’m done with her, her face is gonna look a f—–g 10-pound bag of hamburger.”
His expletive-laced rant also accused the Democratic Party of “overthrowing” the country. “And by the time, I’m done … I gonna beat [the congresswoman] to death with brass knuckles,” Staudohar continued, according to the affidavit.
Americans are angry at the outcome of the 2020 election and the way Pelosi and her party have treated supporters of former President Donald Trump. However, there’s no excuse for what Staudohar allegedly did as there’s a simple solution to remedy the political situation — voting.