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Man Arrested In Miami After Threatening Trump

| by Jordan Smith

Miami police arrested a man Jan. 17 after he posted a message on Twitter threatening the life of President-elect Donald Trump. The man has previously been pictured with both Bill and Hillary Clinton. 

Dominic Puopolo, 51, is being held without bail on a charge of threatening a public servant, the Daily Mail reported.

"This is the 16th of January 2017, I will be at the review/ inauguration and I will kill President Trump, President elect Trump today," Puopolo said in his message.

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A video attached to the message included "rambling and incoherent" passages, according to the Miami Herald. He claimed at one point to be God and challenged the Secret Service.

He has posted several videos in recent months on the theme of religion, which the Miami Herald described as "nonsensical."

Puopolo reportedly donated $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 1996.

He is a member of a family with ties to former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Hillary Clinton spoke at the funeral for Sonia Puopolo, Dominic’s mother, who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, which was crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.

After his mother's death, Puopolo flew to Hamburg, Germany, to attend the trial of Mounir El Motasadeq, who was thought to be one of the planners of the 9/11 attack.

In a 2005 essay written for NBC Dateline, Puopolo described himself as "a member of a team, comprised of millions of honorable Americans, moved to protect our country and seek justice against our enemy." 

Puopolo has been charged with a number of petty crimes over the past decade. Evidence suggests his mental health may have been questioned by a court in 2016, but these details have not been made public.

He previously worked as a computer specialist. During her funeral speech, Clinton referred to "Dom Jr.'s latest computer wizardry."

Puopolo appeared in court Jan. 18. His defense attorney told Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer that Puopolo has mental health problems and goes by the name Jesus Christ.

Glazer ordered a mental health evaluation of the 51-year-old, WPLG reported.

Puopolo has told police he is homeless. 

Sources: Daily Mail, WPLG, Miami Herald / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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