Canadian police arrested a 24-year-old Québécois man suspected of making a video where he threatened to kill an Arab every week in the French-speaking province, according to CBC News.
In the video, which was posted to YouTube but has since been removed, a man wearing a Joker-like mask holds an airsoft pistol while making the threats. Canadian news agencies haven’t released the man’s name, but report he was arrested Tuesday night and expected to make a court appearance Wednesday in Montreal.
“This attitude has to be condemned,” Interim Quebec Security Minister Pierre Moreau told CBC. “Under the Criminal Code, such threats can carry a sentence of five years in prison.”
Authorities told reporters an airsoft gun was confiscated when the suspect was arrested.
The threat was made after violent attacks on Canadian Muslims in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people, the Toronto Sun reports. A Muslim woman was attacked near an elementary school in Toronto in what police called a crime motivated by hate, and a mosque was set on fire in Ontario two days earlier.
The “Joker” trope has surfaced a number of times associated with violence. Aurora theater shooter James Holmes identified as the Joker. Homes killed 12 people in the 2012 shooting. Jerad and Amanda Miller, who killed three people in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, donned Joker makeup in photographs before the 2014 killing spree. The two were killed in a shoot-out with authorities.
A shorter copy of the video can be seen, as posted to YouTube, here:
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"I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said.
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Jason Johnson, editor of "The Root," explained during an MSNBC panel discussion Tuesday that things aren't looking good for the president's numbers. Since 2016, Trump has lost three points with men, 19 percentage points with women, 19 with white Americans without a college degree and 23 percent with Independent voters. That's the ball game.
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President Donald Trump has alleged there is a media conspiracy to spread “fake news” about the economy, but Tankersley explained that the metrics that the White House used themselves in September are showing the economy is slowing.
"Well, there's clearly a slowdown happening in the economy. That's what's going on," Tankersley said. "The White House can see it. I just published a piece updating some charts that the administration had used in September to show us all how great the economy was doing. And by almost every measure that they used to sell the health of the economy, things have gotten worse."