A Virginia sheriff’s deputy who allegedly called for a “violent revolutionary action” and said he was “ready to kill” anyone who tried to vaccinate his children or make him wear a mask has been fired.
Posts from the Parler account of Aaron Hoffman, a member of the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, included seeming death threats against Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and former president Barack Obama, according to screenshots posted online Saturday by freelance journalist Molly Conger.
“Do you REALLY think the Communists will stop now just because you wore your Trump hat, your superhero Trump flag and march in the cold in an empty city? Wake the f--k up!!” Hoffman allegedly wrote under the screen name “We the People Warrior.”
“They have nothing to lose now that they are exposed. They will keep going and they want you to brawl with drug addicts and mentally ill pawns on the street. Quit falling for the obvious. Your pride makes you think marching is making a difference and at least you are a part of something, but reality is much darker.
“Physically take back your states!!! Not by votes, phone calls or emails, but by force. Now is the time and DC is not the target.”
He also allegedly instructed his followers to find the homes of their local public officials and representatives and “remove them from their sanctuary.”
“Bring the nightmare to where they lay their heads and kiss their loved ones,” the “We the People Warrior” account wrote.
Hoffman told the Washington Post that he did not post the messages and that his Parler account had been hacked.
“I do understand the community’s concern,” he said. “I’ve been a public servant for over 15 years, and I take that very seriously. I am in no way a threat to the public. This disturbs me as well.”
Prince William Sheriff Glendell Hill said Saturday that his office had been notified about the “disturbing comments” and launched an Internal Affairs investigation.
“The investigation has concluded and the deputy has been terminated from employment with our office,” Hill said in a statement.