Omaha man arrested for threat to kill Iowa GOP Senator Joni Ernst

On Friday, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported that 64-year-old Robert William Simet of Omaha, was arrested after he allegedly threatened to murder Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.  According to Omaha’s KETV, Simet was arrested at his Omaha home and appeared in court Friday afternoon.

KETV added:

Angie Paulson is the office manager at Loess Hills Harley-Davidson. She says Simet was in her store Wednesday morning when he started talking to employees.

“Uneasy comments, threats of killing Sen. Joni Ernst, and they were a little shook up by it,” Paulsen said.

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Paulsen said she came to learn Simet also made similar comments to other employees.

“I’m just proud of them for saying something,” Paulsen said.

Ernst, the report said, was scheduled to participate in an event at the dealership on Saturday.  Court documents said Simet believed Ernst is part of ISIS and said he would take “everybody with him” if he attended Saturday’s event.

“I could kill her. They would kill me. It would not matter. I would win either way,” Simet allegedly told an employee.

“What if this guy who said he doesn’t care who he takes with him — that’s scary to me,” Paulsen told KETV. “That’s our responsibility.”

KETV further said:

Paulsen and the store owner reported the threats to the Mills County Sheriffs Office, which then contacted the FBI. Agents arrested the 64-year-old at his Omaha home Friday morning.

Court documents said Simet’s windows are covered with aluminum foil and a security camera is attached to his home. The affidavit also reveals Simet registered a gun in Douglas County.

“We didn’t want a situation that you hear of where there’s a tragedy that happens and everybody says, ‘Well, we never really thought that person would do anything,'” Paulsen said. “At that point, it’s too late.”

It seems Ernst wasn’t the only one on Simet’s naughty list.  A report at Breitbart said he told an employee that “all Congress members should be killed.”

“I wasn’t surprised when I heard about what he said, but I know those threats weren’t based in reality,” said Dr. Glenn Hurst, a friend of 20 years.  “I want people to know that he’s not a bad guy. He’s a sick guy.”

Breitbart added:

Hurst told the paper that Simet suffered a psychotic break ten years ago that changed him.

He added that Simet told him he was hearing voices and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Hurst, who is part of efforts to stop the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, said he plans to go to Ernst’s next scheduled town hall in Harlan, Iowa, on Monday to tell Simet’s story.

Sick or not, the FBI took his threat seriously.

“The safety of our elected officials is something that cannot be taken lightly,” FBI Omaha Special Agent Randall Thysse said. “We appreciate those people who reported this to the proper authorities and for the response from our partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa for their swift action on this matter.”

Simet was charged with threatening to assault a federal official and is in custody at Pottawattamie County Jail, where he is being held without bail.  According to Breitbart.com, he is scheduled to appear in federal court in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on July 11.

As we reported earlier, threats against elected Republicans have increased significantly from unhinged liberals.  Recently, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and others were shot by a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter as they practiced for a charity baseball game.  The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was shot dead.  A list of Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus was found on his body.


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