Police are investigating allegations that a man in Des Plaines, Illinois, recently threatened to lynch Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), according to The Orlando Sentinel.
The Sentinel on Tuesday reported that Tom Keevers, 54, said an anonymous “meme-maker” is behind a post on his Facebook page last weekend that has since gone viral.
“Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching,” the post says alongside Keevers’ name, photo and location in Des Plaines.
“Must have own horse and saddle,” the post adds alongside a photo of Wilson.
“Rope will be provided. This congresswomen (sic) is a disgusting pig. Someone should take their boot to her face.”
Des Plaines Police Cmdr. Chris Mierzwa on Tuesday confirmed to the Sentinel that the post is under investigation from his department.
Keevers on Monday initially told Chicago Inc. that last week he got into a “fast and furious” argument with strangers “that got out of control” on Facebook.
The argument was over Wilson, Keevers continued, but did not involve him threatening to lynch the Florida congresswoman.
“[It’s] not something that should be said,” he said of the post, adding it seemed like “a joke, as I read it.”
Keevers then said he “cannot remember” whether he threatened to lynch Wilson, noting it was possible someone had taken his words instead “and made them into a meme.”
“I did not use those words,” he said, returning to his definitive statement about the incident.
“There is no investigation,” he added. “[The Des Plaines police said there’s] nothing for me to worry about.”
Wilson last week said that she had overheard a phone conversation between President Trump and the widow of an Army sergeant who was killed earlier this month in Niger.
Wilson said that Trump told Myeshia Johnson that La David Johnson “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway.”
Trump said last week that Wilson “totally fabricated” what he said to Myeshia Johnson about her husband’s death.
La David Johnson, 25, was one of four American military members who were killed during an Oct. 4 ambush by Islamic militants in Niger.