Far-right troll Jacob Wohl appears to have faked death threats to himself and reported them to police in Minnesota, The Daily Beast reports.
Wohl and fellow troll Laura Loomer traveled to Minneapolis in February to “investigate” a debunked claim that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar married her own brother. During their trip, Wohl repeatedly insisted to his followers that the city was dangerous and filled with “no-go zones.” Wohl was seen wearing a bulletproof vest and insisted he had a team of security specialists that he could not show on camera.
During the trip, Wohl went to a police station in Minneapolis and reported that he had received death threats since arriving in the city.
One threat, from a Twitter account with the handle @Drakeshomes612, said, “I hope you fuckin know that if [I] bump into you in Dinkytown or anywhere else in my city I’m going shoot you and shit on your fucking bodies. Get that fuck out my city you piece of shit. Now.”
But @Drakehomes612 is not a real person, it was a fake account Wohl created before he was banned by Twitter after bragging that he had created a slew of fake accounts.
“Wohl submitted the faked messages to police as proof that he was facing ‘terroristic threats’ via Twitter,” The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reported. “The faked messages threatening to ‘shit on your fucking bodies’ were included in a packet of police documents related to the case issued on Wednesday by the Minneapolis Police Department.”
Wohl ally quickly tries to distance himself:
Activist Ali Alexander, who organized Wohl’s trip and accompanied him to the police station, posted a video Wednesday distancing himself from the notorious troll.
“It confirms that he’s not operating at a level where there’s useful misinformation, but kind of stupid, vanity-filled, ego-fueled disinformation,” Alexander said. “And that won’t look good for Jacob.”
Asked by The Daily Beast if he would cooperate with a possible police investigation into the false reports, Alexander said, “If they do, I can’t wait to cooperate.”
Wohl has had an eventful 3 years:
Wohl has faced a surprising number of legal problems for a guy who is only 21.
“In 2017, he became the youngest person to receive a lifetime ban from futures trading,” The Daily Beast reported. “Last year, he was involved in a scheme to smear Special Counsel Robert Mueller with sexual assaults allegations. Months later, the accuser Wohl had lined up told USA Today that Wohl had made all of the allegations up.”