The Minneapolis field office of the U.S. Secret Service confirms the agency is investigating a Minnesota man for a Twitter post directed at President Obama's new, verified @POTUS account. The post from Jeff Gullickson was highlighted in a New York Times article on the steady stream of hate directed at the president's Twitter account.
"@POTUS #arrestobama #treason we need ROPE FOR CHANGE we still hang for treason don't we?" Gullickson posted, attaching a noose-adapted image of the iconic "Hope" poster widely circulated during the 2008 Obama campaign.
Louis Stephens, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis field office, confirmed the Secret Service and Plymouth, Minn. police interviewed Gullickson at his home Thursday morning, May 21. An investigation is underway, and no other details were made available.
The White House launched the @POTUS account, an acronym for President of the United States, on May 18 as "a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him."
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
@dbongino dan, how should I deal with a secret service visit I got for posting on obamas new Twitter acct? They interrogated me this a.m.— Jeff Gully (@jeffgully49) May 21, 2015