A Texas man accused by federal prosecutors in the United States of threatening to kill election and government officials following the disputed 2020 presidential election is due in court on Friday.
Chad Christopher Stark, 54, of Leander, Texas, allegedly posted a January 5 2021 message on Craigslist that read in part: "Georgia Patriots it's time to kill ... It's time for us to take back our state from these Lawless treasonous traitors," according to Reuters.
The Reuters news agency has published a series of investigative reports that have documented more than 850 threats and menacing messages to American election workers. Following the investigation, a new federal task force was formed which is now charging Stark.
Reuters previously identified two of the officials, who were the victims of Stark’s threats. They include Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp.
Both Raffensperger and Kemp are Republicans who were in charge of the Georgia election.
In January 2021, then-President Donald Trump allegedly called Raffensperger and told him to find enough votes to overturn his loss. But he declined.
Trump claims he lost the November 2020 election due to widespread fraud. He believes that the 2020 presidential was rigged by the US establishment in favor of Biden.
Trump said that the election was “the greatest Election Hoax in history.”
A clear majority of Republicans and about one-third of overall American voters believe that Biden won the 2020 presidential election by voter fraud.
On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters occupied the US Capitol while lawmakers were in the process of reviewing the certification of state electors which indicated Biden's victory. Some Trump supporters had hoped that this process could have resulted in some of the electors being disqualified, thus overturning the outcome of the presidential election.