US Secret Service investigates woman for suggesting Donald Trump's assassination

Heather Lowrey's employers have distanced themselves from her since the tweet appeared

Andrew Buncombe
New York
Monday 23 January 2017 17:50
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Heather Lowrey has reportedly been questioned by Secret Service agents
Heather Lowrey has reportedly been questioned by Secret Service agents

The Secret Service has confirmed it is investigating a woman from Kentucky who posted a tweet in which she suggested assassinating Donald Trump.

A screen shot shows a post, apparently from the account of Heather Lowrey, from Louisville, which reads: “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump. #bekind #trump #lovetrumpshate.”

The Courier-Journal reported that Secret Service agents from the field office in Louisville, had spoken to Ms Lowrey. The agency declined to say when agents interviewed Ms Lowrey or provide any additional details.

The tweet, and the account, has now been deleted

“Any time threatening communications like that are made, we always conduct an investigation,” an agent told the newspaper.

The tweet eventually disappeared, as did Ms Lowrey’s Twitter account. She described herself on the page as a “Louisville Vixen & aspiring WWE Diva". A number of her former employers issued statements condemning her comment and cutting any ties with her.

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The Louisville burlesque group Va Va Vixens said it had dismissed Mr Lowrey “the moment we were informed of this incident.”

“We have a zero tolerance policy for such. It’s no secret that we are in the midst of a divided nation. With so much hate and anger in the world, our hope is to be a sanctuary that welcomes all walks of life with open arms,” the group said in a statement.

The New York Daily News said that Ms Lowrey, who has yet to comment about the tweet, is the only the latest person to face a federal investigation for posting about Mr Trump’s assassination.

Since the New York tycoon won the presidential election in November, a Florida man was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation after saying he would kill Mr Trump at his inauguration, and an Ohio man faced federal charges after tweeting that it was his “life goal to assassinate Trump.”

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