Video: Secret Service grills Tom Arnold about Trump beheading tweet, liberal Mother Jones turns it on Trump

On Monday, David Corn, a far-left writer for the reliably liberal Mother Jones, said that two Secret Service agents grilled Trump-hating Hollywood leftist Tom Arnold in October about threatening tweets directed at President Trump.  Naturally, Corn used the incident to turn the whole thing around on the president.

One tweet, which was issued on October 20, suggested that Kathy Griffin would actually behead the president:

According to Corn, Arnold recorded the entire hour-long interview, but only a little more than three minutes made it into the video.  Corn assures us in his article that Mother Jones reviewed the entire interview.

Corn wrote:

The agents asserted that Arnold had not been singled out. “We go out on any and all tweets and Facebook posts or any type of threat,” one 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.” The two men had a list of routine queries for the actor: his height, his weight, his Social Security number.

They asked whether he had ever been trained in martial arts. (No.) Did he have any intention of attending a Trump rally? (No.) Not even as a publicity stunt? (No.) Did he have any plans to fly to Washington to try to confront Trump? (No.) How does he typically behave when he gets angry in the workplace? (You put it into the performance.) When was the last time he fired a gun? (“I fired for movies.”) Did he know how to make IEDs? (No.) If he saw Trump, would he have an “impulse…to swing at him?” (“I’m not a crazy person.”) Did he have any ex-wives?

So how does Corn handle the issue?  By blaming the short messages posted online, telling us that “[t]weets can encourage violence,” while linking to another Mother Jones piece telling us that Trump’s tweets criticizing the media “is endangering journalists’ lives.”

Naturally, Arnold told the Secret Service they need to speak to the president far more than they need to speak to him:

The following day—after the pipe bomb suspect had been arrested and turned out to be a rabid Trump supporter who bought into right-wing conspiracy theories of the sort Trump has encouraged—Arnold wondered if anyone in the Secret Service ever gave Trump the same talk. “After all,” Arnold says, “he needs it far more than me.”

Corn, however, did note that the agents who visited Arnold expressed a very serious concern:

One of the agents reiterated their foremost worry: “We always are more concerned about who you could motivate or incite to that action.” Without pause, Ashley responded, “That’s how we feel about Trump.”

Here’s the video posted by Mother Jones:


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