Secret Service agents apparently paid a visit to Tom Arnold recently because of some of the actor’s more extreme anti-Donald Trump tweets.
Arnold recently seemed to threaten the president with physical violence on Twitter.
“I say put up or shut up @realDonaldTrump Me vs You. For America. First body slam wins. Any Rally. Any Time. Between now & the midterms. #FridayFeeling,” he said.
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Other eye-rolling tweets include one where the “True Lies” star threatened to show up at young Barron Trump’s school — and another in which he appeared to wish violence on conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Arnold also responded to comedian Kathy Griffin’s infamous photo — the one that showed her holding a fake severed head of the president by saying, “Next time Kathy won’t be holding his fake head!”
Arnold recorded the conversation he had recently with Secret Service agents — and shared part of the encounter with the liberal publication Mother Jones.
On October 24, the Los Angeles Secret Service office got in touch with Arnold’s agent and set up a meeting between Arnold and two agents.
The agents appeared at Arnold’s home the next day.
“We go out on any and all tweets and Facebook posts or any type of threat,” one agent said. “We don’t just focus on — it doesn’t matter if you have 100 followers on Facebook or 500,000 followers … We have to do our due diligence.”
In a series of questions, the agents asked Arnold if he planned to inflict harm on the president — and Arnold said he had no real intention of physically harming Trump.
He said he and the president used to be friends, but Trump’s anti-Obama rhetoric drove Arnold away.
The agents later said they were more concerned about Arnold’s tweets that inspired violence.
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“We’re not the First Amendment police … You’re free to say whatever you want to say within certain boundaries … In your type of case, what we’re concerned with a lot, too, is the audience it can reach, that it could incite somebody to do something,” an agent said at one point during the video.
Arnold apologized for taking up the Secret Service’s time and even distanced himself from the “severed head photo” of Trump from Griffin.
“I would never be part of something like that,” Arnold said. “I worked at a meatpacking plant on the killing floor for three years.”
At the end of the meeting, the liberal entertainer promised to “stay away” from tweets that could be misconstrued by anyone.
The Secret Service agents also talked to Arnold’s wife, Ashley, and asked her if her husband was exhibiting strange behavior that they should be concerned about. Ashley shook her head no — and then one of the agents said, “We always are more concerned about who you could motivate or incite to that action.”
Ashley responded, “That’s how we feel about Trump.”
The agents also said they were visiting several other public figures as well.
Asked about the meeting with Arnold by Mother Jones, the Secret Service replied, “For operational security reasons, the Secret Service cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means, methods or resources we utilize to carry out our protective responsibilities.”
Check out part of the meeting between Tom Arnold and the Secret Service in the video below: