A Nevada man filmed himself accosting Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) while at a restaurant with his family over the weekend, with swearing video of the incident showing the man unhinged threatening to hang the governor for being a “new world order”. traitor.”
Video posted to social media shows the man first approaching Sisolak for a selfie at a Las Vegas restaurant on Sunday before launching into a vitriolic terror. Sisolak turns to leave the restaurant with his wife, but is followed outside by the man, who only stops when Sisolak’s daughter catches up to them in the parking lot.
“I’m surprised you have the balls to be here in public, punk.” Here no cop, here no security,” the man shouted as he filmed Sisolak’s face. When Sisolak’s wife, Kathy Sisolak, catches up to him, the man appears to target his Asian heritage, the video shows.
“You work for China, damn it,” the man shouts at the couple as they walk past him. “You traitor. We should tie you up by streetlights now, asshole.
A second man who followed the family out of the restaurant echoed calls for violence, saying, “You know what they do to traitors. They hang traitors.
Steve Sisolak’s office said in a statement Monday that the governor was “deeply disappointed” with what happened, “particularly with the language used to discuss the legacy of First Lady Kathy Sisolak.” We may disagree on the issues, but personal attacks and threats are behaviors that are unwarranted, unwelcome and unseemly to the people of Nevada.
Right-wing blogger Justin Andersch took responsibility for the crude screed by reading a statement outside his lawyer’s office on Tuesday.
“I will not apologize for speaking up and expressing two years of frustration,” he said, according to local station KSNV. “I will make no apologies for holding public servants accountable for their choices. I will make no apologies for using language on a daily basis that is heard over and over again on all social media and music streaming platforms.
Andersch said he was angry with the governor for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly regarding his relationship to his job loss.
The Nevada State Police Department confirmed to HuffPost on Wednesday that the incident is under investigation.
“Due to the progress of the investigation, no additional information can be provided at this time,” a public information officer said.
Andersch’s attorney, Craig Mueller, who represented rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight against the federal government in 2014, told KSNV he watched the video and saw no grounds for criminal prosecution.
However, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford was among those calling for the man to be held accountable.
“Completely unacceptable! We should all speak out against this verbal attack and racist rant against the Governor and First Lady. Fortunately, no violence ensued,” he said. tweeted. “True patriots don’t act like that, and anyone who does those acts should be held accountable.”
Representatives from Ford’s office and the Clark County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from HuffPost on Wednesday.
Former Clark County District Attorney David Roger told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the man’s actions, as seen in the video, appear to rise to the level of criminal conduct.
The state harassment law, he said, “prohibits a person from threatening to cause bodily harm to a person if the victim reasonably believes the threat will be carried out.”