Conservative personality Jacob Wohl appears to have faked death threats against himself, in one case using a Twitter account posing as a gay, Hispanic activist.
The right-wing Twitter troll and Trump fanboy was in Minneapolis with fellow provocateur Laura Loomer last month, filming a series of "documentary" videos trying to prove a debunked conspiracy theory that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) married her own brother, The Daily Beast reports. He portrayed himself as being in grave danger during the trip, often wearing a bulletproof vest, and in the latest video he filmed himself reporting alleged death threats at a Minneapolis police station.
One of the supposed threats was a Twitter DM from the account @Drakehomes612, describing himself as a Minneapolis "diversity coordinator" with a photo of a Hispanic man and a rainbow flag emoji in the profile. "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," the message read. "Get that fuck out my city you piece of shit. Now."
But as was widely reported last month, that account was one of several "sockpuppet" accounts that Wohl created to stir up fake controversies online. He was banned from Twitter after bragging to USA Today about his plans to create more fake accounts on Twitter and Facebook, which he would use to manipulate the 2020 election. He later claimed that the ban was good for him, saying, "Jacob Wohl is the number-one trending topic on Twitter right now."
The Daily Beast reports that it's not yet clear if Wohl actually reported the fake threats to the Minneapolis police, but a police report describes Wohl as giving police some printed tweets as evidence.
Activist Ali Alexander, who organized Wohl's trip to Minneapolis and went with him to the police station, has now distanced himself from the situation, saying Wohl may be a "bad actor" peddling "stupid, vanity-filled, ego-fueled disinformation."
Readers on Twitter were quick to draw parallels between Wohl and Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who is due in court tomorrow over charges that he staged a racist, homophobic hate crime in Chicago in an attempt to boost his career.
Previous Jacob Wohl mastermind plots include paying women to make fake sexual harassment accusations against Robert Mueller, getting investigated for securities fraud after promoting himself as a hedge fund wunderkind, and launching a pro-Trump "news site" that plagiarized from ProPublica.