According to the Washington Post back in July, the FBI began contacting Black Lives Matter-linked activists, warning them to stay away from the Republican National Convention.
One of those activists was is one of BLM’s most prominent voices, Deray Mckesson, who says the FBI visited his house when he called for protests at the RNC.
Mckesson brought up his brush with the FBI in a tweet regarding the recent comments of a Trump supporter at an Ohio rally, who said that if Hillary Clinton is elected, is would be his duty as a “patriot” to do what he needs to do to make sure Clinton is “taken out.”
— deray mckesson (@deray) October 17, 2016
“I feel like Hillary needs to be taken out,” Dan Bowman said during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “If she gets in the government, I’ll do everything in my power to take her out of power. If I have to be a patriot, I will.”
“What does that mean?” the WSJ reporter asked.
“Take it any way you want to take it,” Bowman responded with a twinkle in his eye.
“That sounds like a threat,” they pointed out.
“I’m a patriot,” he responded.
“Is that a physical threat?” WSJ pressed.
“I don’t know. Is it?” he deflected.
Bowman also spoke to the Boston Globe’s Matt Viser, telling him, “If [Hillary] is in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it…” he said. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed.”
Including a link to Bowman’s comments in his tweet, McKesson said all he had to do was mention that there were going to be protests at the RNC to get a visit from the FBI.
“The [FBI] visited my house when I said there would be protests at the convention,” Mckesson tweeted. “If I said this, I’d be in jail.”
As of today, there’s still no report of Bowman getting a similar visit.