Man Writes Obituary for Clinton, Gets Secret Service's Attention

It gave Saturday as her date of death
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2016 10:00 AM CST

(Newser) – One gung-ho Bernie Sanders supporter got himself a call from the Secret Service on Friday after submitting an obituary for Hillary Clinton to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. According to the Review-Journal, a man named Don Schubert—who had previously called the newsroom to complain about the coin flips in the Iowa caucus—came in and filled out an obituary form for Clinton, giving the date of death as Saturday, the day of the Nevada Democratic caucus. Security asked him to leave the building and contacted the Secret Service. He was seen driving away in a Toyota Prius "bearing several Bernie Sanders campaign stickers."

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Schubert later told the Review-Journal that the Secret Service had called him. He explained he was attempting "political humor," with the obituary meant as a prediction of a Clinton loss in the Nevada caucus. He says the Secret Service told him they could—but likely would not—arrest him. Sanders' website lists a "Don Schubert's House" in Long Beach, California, as the site of a volunteer phone bank. It seems there's just something about Hillary Clinton and obituaries, though. The Washington Post gives examples of six different obituaries in five states all requesting people not vote for Clinton ("In lieu of flowers, please don't vote for Hillary"). A similar sentiment was included in the obituary of a Kansas woman just last week, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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