So here’s a surprise:
After years of the establishment media dismissing threats against Donald Trump and his family as “idle threats from behind a microphone or a keyboard,” police detained a lady for actions that a prosecutor described as “not idle threats from behind a keyboard.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, a former social studies teacher accused of threatening to kill Trump and his son, Barron, stalked the former president’s teenage son at his school months before the instructor’s arrest.
Tracy Marie Fiorenza, a 41-year-old Plainfield, Illinois resident facing federal charges of communicating threats to harm another person, allegedly was questioned by law officers outside Barron’s school, according to court and police records.
Prosecutors told a federal court in Chicago that Fiorenza “had an encounter with a sheriff” outside the prestigious Oxbridge Academy in Palm Beach County in March.
According to Northern District of Illinois prosecutor Adam Rosenbloom, the interaction revealed that “these are not idle threats from behind a keyboard.”
The threats, whether idle or not, were unsettling enough.
A May 21 email to the headmaster at Oxbridge Academy, for example, threatened that “I will shoot Donald Trump Sr. AND Barron Trump straight in the face at any opportunity that I get.”
Several days later came another, similar electronic threat: “I am going to slam a bullet in Baron Trump’s head with his father IN SELF DEFENSE!” the email declared.
The Secret Service interviewed her on June 14.
According to CBS News, agents said she admitted to sending the messages.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 22, 2023
Furthermore, according to the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, Fiorenza’s social media accounts were flooded with anti-Trump images, including one depicting the former president in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs.
“I have a dream…” the meme was captioned.
Yes, she’s far from the only one who has fantasized about Donald Trump and/or his family:
Madonna threatened to BLOW UP THE WHITE HOUSE!!!
I don’t see the FBI raiding her house and killing her.
Ooooooh…..she’s a Democrat!pic.twitter.com/E6snQHtsfX
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) August 10, 2023
Kathy Griffin posted photos posing with Trump’s head, the FBI didn’t swat her. pic.twitter.com/w5XM2V4GT1
— Derrick Evans (@DerrickEvans_WV) August 10, 2023
Johnny Depp wonders when the last time an actor assassinated a POTUS… [Trump] pic.twitter.com/H0CQtFpk19
— ????????Lady Grey???????? ????#TWGRP????#UltraVIP???? (@LoveThisBar) August 25, 2023
And let’s not forget the late actor Peter Fonda’s unhinged, all-upper-case rant in 2018, proposing liberals “RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES.”
That was a classic in American political history.
Oh, but they were just famous people, right? They were simply being sarcastic or jocular. (Or, in Depp’s case, visibly drunk.) We were told that this was just hyperbole meant to describe the visceral wrath caused by Donald Trump’s win. Take nothing literally.
Of course, until someone did it.
To be clear, Fiorenza appears to be a first-rate nut from what we know thus far. According to the Daily Mail, the 41-year-old defendant said in court on Wednesday, despite her attorney’s repeated entreaties, that “I have been contacting the school for years trying to get them to follow mandated reporting protocol.”
“People are not trained in the technology involved … I was going to pass out flyers to parents warning them before school started because no one was listening to me.”
And what technology might this be? According to the Daily Mail:
“She also claimed Donald Trump is the leader of a pedophile ring and that the government followed her former students in Chicago and used ‘remote sexual stimulation’ on them.”
It is worth noting, however, that dangerously unbalanced people frequently gravitate toward targets aimed at them by high-profile individuals.
To be sure, Trump is routinely blamed for the Capitol incursion — including the heinous crimes of sitting at Nancy Pelosi’s desk and, well, whatever the “QAnon Shaman” did — for simply stating at the end of his Jan. 6 speech that his supporters should peacefully march to the Capitol to make their voices heard.
These celebrities actively wished for the then-president’s death — but, you know, J/K, right? It’s not like Jack Smith or Fani Willis are going to rush in and charge Madonna with inciting a threat on Barron Trump’s life.
It’s also worth mentioning that Fiorenza was reportedly apprehended months after the threats were made with little to no incident. While it’s unknown how she was apprehended, I’m guessing it wasn’t like the FBI’s pre-dawn raid earlier this month on a Provo, Utah man accused of threatening President Joe Biden, which resulted in his death.
It’s strange how it works. And if you think the Trump family is under attack now, just wait till 2024.