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Video producer Scott Hamann poses Saturday, June 5, 2010 at his home in South Portland, Maine. Hamann was hired to shoot video and photographs aboard one of the vessels of an aid flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli troops, resulting in the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian activists. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

A Maine lawmaker appeared to threaten violence against Trump on Facebook


Maine state Rep. Scott Hamann said he regrets a since-deleted Facebook post in which he appeared to threaten violence against President Trump and berated the president and his supporters.

"Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that pussy," the South Portland Democrat wrote in a post that began making the rounds on social media Tuesday night.

Hamann called Trump a "joke," a "liar" and an "admitted rapist" and compared him unfavorably with former President Obama. Hamann said Trump was "installed by the Russians, because they wanted to undermine American democracy and embarrass our country. Mission accomplished."

Making threats against the president is a crime. The Secret Service is aware of Hamann's post but has not opened an investigation, David Watson, resident agent in charge of the Secret Service's Maine field office, told the Bangor Daily News.

Hamann berated Trump supporters in his post.

"You’re a f—ing pussy. And you people are destroying America," Hamann wrote. "Some of us are educated and actually follow current events. 100% of intelligent Americans agree that Trump is a complete loser. But go back to clinging to your guns because you're afraid."

Hamman issued a statement on Wednesday saying that he regretted his "aggressively sarcastic" and "inappropriate comments" in what he called "a Facebook exchange with a childhood friend."

"This is not language I typically use, it does not reflect my personal values and, while misguided, it was intended to make a visceral point about the devolving political discourse in America," Hamman said.

Maine GOP chair Demi Kouzounas called on state Speaker of the House Sara Gideon to seek Hamann's resignation. Kouzounas called Hamann's comments "unhinged and dangerous."

"Words cannot even begin to describe the level of revulsion I feel after reading Representative Scott Hamann’s recent tirade that has come to light," Kouzounas said in prepared remarks. "Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this tirade is an implied death threat against our president."

Hamann, 36, was elected to a third term in November.

Some felt Hamann's post justified a removal from office.

Others took personal offense.

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