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.
Jacob Wohl reported a death threat to the police that he wrote to himself from a fake Twitter account.
He was posing as a gay, Hispanic "diversity coordinator" with a rainbow flag in the profile pic.
Jacob Wohl is the Jussie Smollett of Laura Loomers.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 13, 2019
All of the conservatives who were so horribly gleeful about Jussie Smollett are oddly silent about Jacob Wohl. https://t.co/ky5Hc9ARsj
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) March 13, 2019
Jacob Wohl is Wile E. Coyote painting tunnels onto boulders and then immediately walking into them while the road runner beep beeps away and his body folds up like an accordion
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) March 13, 2019
jacob wohl and jussie smollett should be locked in a cell together and given access to twitter but they can only see each other's tweets. https://t.co/tgSoy8QFRF
— siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) March 13, 2019
I'd like to make a correction: when I said Jacob Wohl's crew weren't crazy-brainwashed, but rather “perfectly competent grifters and manipulators” exploiting xenophobia for fame and cash, I dramatically overstated their competence. We regret the error. https://t.co/BJZtGYYf6D
— Tony Webster (@webster) March 13, 2019
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.