On Tuesday, Roll Call reported that Jon Ritzheimer, a Marine Corps veteran living in Arizona, is under investigation by Capitol Police for allegedly threatening to arrest Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., for her support of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. After detaining Stabenow, Ritzheimer and his militia supporters allegedly plan to “continue to move across the country and arrest everyone involved with the Iran Nuke Deal” including Obama.
“We are planning on arresting Senator Debbie Stabenow, who voted yes to the Iran Nuke Deal. She will be arrested for treason under Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution,” he reportedly said in a letter. “We have chosen her as our first target due to our strong ties with the Michigan State Militia and their lax gun laws that will allow us to operate in a manner necessary for an operation like this.”
Capt. Kimberly Schneider said in an email that “Capitol Police are aware and are working with local law enforcement in Michigan on the matter.” A Stabenow aide declined to comment, citing policy on matters related to security.
“America is still at war with terrorism and Iran is the leading sponsor of terrorism throughout the globe,” Ritzheimer said, according to one statement posted on his Facebook page. “I have been to war and I do not want to see bloodshed in our own country. We do not seek violence but we will be armed and ready to defend and uphold our oath to the constitution.”
Roll Call’s Hannah Hess said Ritzheimer informed authorities of his intentions and plans to cooperate in order to “keep this as smooth as possible so we don’t have another ‘Shot Heard Round The World’ situation.” He is also seeking donations for the effort, Hess added.
Videos describing his mission and the reason for it are peppered on his Facebook page, along with statements of support from a number of people. One supporter suggested enlisting the help of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“I commend you for what you are going to do,” another person said. “I wish that I could stand with you and go!”
In May, Ritzheimer made news when he organized a protest rally and “Draw Mohammed” contest outside the Phoenix mosque attended by the gunmen killed when they sought to attack a similar contest in Garland, Texas. ISIS hackers called for violence and liberals sided with one Islamist who threatened to drink the blood of those who attended. After the event, Ritzheimer’s identity was stolen and a GoFundMe page set up to support his effort was yanked.
Ritzheimer says he wants no violence and no bloodshed, telling supporters he’s already been in one war and doesn’t want to see that kind of violence in America. “I am fully prepared for whatever may come my way,” he said. “Even if that means death.”