Anti-Muslim ‘patriot’ plans to arrest U.S. senator but needs you to send him gas money first

Hopefully, the Secret Service is on this guy’s doorstep as we speak.

John Ritzheimer is an interesting character, and not in a good way. This is the same paranoid right-wing activist who once begged his fellow paranoid, anti-Muslim fans for $10 million to “protect his family” after organizing a “Draw Mohammed” cartoon contest. Luckily, it seems that popular fundraising site GoFundMe knows potential illegal activity (or maybe even just general nuttery) whey they see it, and the campaign was promptly pulled.

Ritzheimer is back to begging online again — this time for an even more insane reason. This man actually wants to to team up with his fellow members of the borderline right-wing terrorist group III Militia in an attempt to arrest a U.S. Senator for treason. Now, it is anyone’s guess as to what authority Ritzheimer thinks he has when it comes to arresting anyone, let alone a public official, but that’s besides the point; apparently he plans to go forth with his plan (if he can get idiots online to finance it, that is).

Ritzheimer’s target is Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenhow, saying that his reason is her “yes” vote on the Iran nuclear deal. She isn’t his only target, though. He threatens everyone who voted yes or had anything to do with the deal at all — up to and including President Obama:

We are planning on arresting Senator Debbie Stabenow, who voted yes to the Iran Nuke Deal. She will be arrested for treason under Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution. We have chosen her as our first target due to our strong ties with the Michigan State Militia and their lax gun laws that will allow us to operate in a manner necessary for an operation like this. After we successfully detain her we will continue to move across the country and arrest everyone involved with the Iran Nuke Deal. Even the President who brokered this deal.

Luckily, the police are aware of what Ritzheimer is planning, and are paying attention to his threats. According to Hill Blotter, Captain Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police said of Ritzheimer’s online threats in a statement:

“The US Capitol Police are aware and are working with local law enforcement in Michigan on the matter.”

Posted by Jon Ritzheimer on Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Perhaps the most entertaining part of all of this is that Ritzheimer can’t even fight his own misguided fight, or finance it. No, he includes in his “open letter” that he needs gas money, as well as other people willing go to go to jail or die right alongside him:

” I am humbly accepting donations to help with fuel costs for our convoy at www.rogueinfidel.com but more than any amount of money I would rather have fellow patriots join me and go shoulder to shoulder with me. Our strength is in our numbers. We The People are what will fix the problems in our country.”

Hopefully, the Secret Service and other federal authorities pay this guy a visit soon. It could be just keyboard warrior ranting, but that shouldn’t be taken for granted. People like Jon Ritzheimer are dangerous, and for every one of them who takes to the internet to share their insane views with the world, there are like ten more who are smart enough not to post such things online, which is perhaps the scariest fact of all.

Featured image via Jon Ritzheimer Facebook



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    Martin Pollard

    September 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Armchair warriors like this guy have obviously watched “Red Dawn” (and other movies where a few plucky guys with pea shooters take on and defeat a superior armed force) one too many times. He’d probably crap his pants and run home crying to his mommy if he ever had to face down real soldiers in tanks holding machine guns and rocket launchers.

    Facing a superior force and dying for your cause is considered by some to be noble and heroic; personally, I call it stupid. Which fits this armchair warrior to a “tee”.

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    September 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Well said Martin!

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    Doug Milliken

    September 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Let the worthless bum get a job.

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    Team Paulo

    September 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I think I’m going to start a GoFundMe campaign of my own – here’s my pitch: “I’m not crazy, I don’t hate anybody, and I’m not going to make an asshole of myself in public. But I still need gas money, too.” I mean, that’s gotta count for something, right?

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    Stephen Parkinson

    September 24, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    The same can be said about militant Christian groups throughout history. If we weren’t over in there country, then they probably wouldn’t be pissed at us either.

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    Jim Spell

    September 25, 2015 at 12:06 am

    John, John, John. You silly man, asking people for gas money. Find God, repent, become a minister and then ask people for “seed money” and they will get wealthy too.
    Lets face it, that is what you really want isn’t it. To have people send you a lot of money.

    Why do all these motor mouths tape themselves in their cars?

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