Obama Gets Targeted By Who?

Pete Souza, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, who had been arrested for participating in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, was detained for plans to attack the home of former President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

This was supposedly in response to former President Donald Trump posting what he claimed was Obama’s address on social media.

Last Thursday (June 29), Taylor Taranto was arrested in the Kalorama neighborhood of D.C., where the Obamas live. He was charged with four misdemeanor offenses related to the January 6 riot.

According to court documents filed on Wednesday, Taranto reposted Trump’s Truth Social post claiming to contain Obama’s address earlier that day.

Later on, he streamed live from his van as he drove through Kalorama. Taranto continued filming after parking his car and walking around.

The court filing states that Taranto “made it clear that he intended to access or enter the private residences of his subjects,” given that he had focused his camera on sewer grates in the residence that he described as “access points.”

Secret Service agents in the area monitored Taranto while he was exploring the neighborhood, detaining him after he attempted to run away when they approached.

During a search of Taranto’s van, where he had been residing for two months, authorities discovered two firearms, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a machete.

Taranto had been sought by law enforcement for his involvement in the January 6 riot.

However, their efforts intensified after he posted a live stream last Wednesday. In the stream, he suggested that he planned to blow up his car at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland. Additionally, he made “ominous comments” about Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif).

Recently, he broadcasted himself and a group of people visiting a Maryland elementary school outside of regular hours. They displayed footage from January 6, seemingly trying to scare Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin (Md.), whom he assumed resided nearby.