Trump's Former Butler Seems to Really Want President Obama Dead

And now the Secret Service is investigating
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2016 6:32 PM CDT
Trump's Former Butler Seems to Really Want President Obama Dead
Donald Trump poses with longtime butler Anthony Senecal.   (Facebook)

The Secret Service is investigating Donald Trump's longtime butler, Anthony Senecal, over multiple posts on his Facebook page advocating the murder of President Obama, the Washington Post reports. Mother Jones, which first reported on Senecal's Facebook activity, quotes a post from Wednesday in which Senecal says Obama "should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term." "This prick needs to be hung for treason," he writes in another post. He also states he's not opposed to "dragging that ball less dick head from the white mosque and hanging his scrawny ass from the portico." Senecal reportedly confirmed to Mother Jones that he wrote the posts and stands by them.

Senecal, who was the subject of an eye-opening New York Times profile in March, has worked for Trump for nearly three decades and is said to know exactly how to "stroke his ego and lift his spirits." Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks tells the Post they "totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by [Senecal]," who she says hasn't worked for Trump since 2009. But the Times reports Senecal tried to retire as butler in 2009 only to have Trump deem him "irreplaceable" and keep him on as an unofficial historian at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. Trump employee or not, Senecal has some explaining to do. "The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation," an agency spokesperson tells the Post. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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