A man facing federal felony charges for making threats of violence against an unidentified U.S. senator said he didn’t expect legal repercussions.
“I didn’t think it was going to come to this,” Michael Brogan stold the New York Post outside his Brooklyn home Wednesday after having been released on $50,000 bail. “I wouldn’t have done it.”
A criminal complaint alleges Brogan left a menacing voicemail with the Washington, D.C., office of one of the twenty-three women serving in the Senate. Authorities have not named the senator.
The voicemail railed against comments by the senator on reproductive rights and her criticism of President Donald Trump, the paper reported.
“I’m going to put a bullet in ya. When I’m in D.C. and you’re there, I got your f—ing mark you stupid b—h,” the voicemail said. “You and your constant lambasting of President Trump. Oh, reproductive rights, reproductive rights. You know what? I’m cursing and I’m in sin because of people like you, OK?”
“If I saw you, I’d snuff your stupid f—ing a–. I’d put a f—ing bullet in you,” the voicemail continued. “You watch your a–. If I see you on the streets, I’m gonna f—ing light you up with f—ing bullets.”
The senator referred the message to Capitol Police, which traced the number to a cellphone that federal agents found in Brogan’s home, the Daily News reported. Brogan left the message after he watched a video of the senator online, he told the paper.
Brogan’s arrest comes as threats of violence by anti-abortion extremists have spiked. Last year threats of harm directed at abortion providers nearly doubled, according to National Abortion Federation statistics.
Brogan downplayed the threats in his interview with the paper, and said he might have already forgotten the call had authorities not arrested him.
“I was just blowing off some steam,” Brogan said. “Not to trivialize it, I wish in retrospect I didn’t do it, but I don’t think it’s that big.”
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