A Bernie Sanders supporter got a surprise phone call from the Secret Service after he attempted to place an obituary in a Las Vegas newspaper announcing the death of Sanders rival Hillary Clinton.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports they turned down the ad and asked the man who wanted to place it — identified as Don Schubert — to leave the building, after which they contacted the Secret Service.
The paper stated that Schubert’s obituary form named the deceased as Hillary Rodham Clinton, and listed her date of death as Feb. 20, 2016 — the date of Saturday’s Democratic Party presidential caucuses.
According to the paper, the man was seen leaving the parking lot in a Prius bearing several Bernie Sanders campaign stickers, with a security guard saying Schubert was also wearing a Sanders sticker on his shirt. The official Sanders campaign website lists “Don Schubert’s House” in Long Beach, Calif., as the site of a volunteer phone bank.
Reached by phone Friday night, Schubert stated that he had been contacted by the Secret Service agent over the perceived threat, and that the obituary attempt was meant as “political humor,” in anticipation of Clinton losing Saturday’s Nevada caucuses.
Schubert said the agent for the Secret Service told him that he could be arrested, but the agency wasn’t planning on doing so.
Neither the campaign responded to requests for comment.