By Steve Neavling
Since Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, more than 12,000 people have tweeted “assassinate Trump,” causing a headache for the Secret Service.
Some of the tweets are jokes or hyperbolic, but some are serious, Mashable reports.
But it’s unclear how serious the Secret Service is taking the tweets.
There are reports of agents arriving at the homes of social media users, including a Kentucky woman who tweeted, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump.”
An Ohio man was charged with making threats to Trump following several tweets about killing the Republican on election night.
“It’s the people who have a true and genuine intent to do harm that the Secret Service is worried about,” said former U.S. Secret Service special agent Tim Franklin, who is now a criminology and criminal justice professor.