WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s former butler has drawn the attention of Secret Service for threats online he’s made against President Barack Obama.
Anthony Senecal, who served the presumptive Republican nominee at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, has a Facebook page filled with incendiary comments. Many of the posts are directed at the president and his family.
“To all my friends on FB, just a short note to you on our pus headed ‘president’ !!!! This character who I refer to as zero (0) should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term !!!!” the post, which was first reported by Mother Jones, reads. “…Instead he still remains in office doing every thing he can to get the America we all know and love !!!!! Now comes Donald J Trump to put an end to the corruption in government !!!!”
In other posts, Senecal described Obama, a Christian, by using a slur for a member of the Muslim faith. In that post, he wrote that he does not speak for Trump: “This is my opinion, only!!!!”
Senecal declined to accept a reporter’s call placed to the antiques dealer in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he works, but told Mother Jones he wrote the posts.
Trump’s campaign, criticized in the past for the way it’s reacted to the racist comments of some supporters, condemned the posts.
“Tony Senecal has not worked at Mar-a-Lago for years, but nevertheless we totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by him regarding the president and first family,” spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement.
A recent profile of Senecal in The New York Times reported that after he tried to retire in 2009, Trump kept him on as an unofficial historian at Mar-a-Lago.
The Secret Service said Thursday it is “aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation.” Such an investigation routinely involves a face-to-face interview with someone thought to have made threats against the president or another protected official.
Colvin reported from New Jersey.
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