US man charged with threatening to kill President Joe Biden

John Benjamin Thornton has been charged.
John Benjamin Thornton has been charged. Photo credit: Dona Ana County DA; Getty Images

A New Mexico man has been charged after allegedly threatening to kill US President Joe Biden in a series of text messages.

John Benjamin Thornton faces a charge of using interstate commerce communications to send a threat to injure another person.

In the texts, Thornton said he was "taking leadership of revolutionary Army called the 3Percenters," referring to the anti-government Three Percenters Group.

The Three Percenters are anti-government extremists who advocate gun ownership rights and resistance to US federal government.

According to court documents obtained by CNN, Thornton labelled himself a "revolutionary war general," and allegedly texted, "five stars after I execute Joe Biden for treason".

The FBI revealed messages were sent from a phone owned by Thornton, included a photo of him, and said he was a previous connection to criminal complaints.

"Thornton has been the subject of complaints since November 11, 2020, by several persons who have received messages characterised as disturbing or threatening since that time," the complaint wrote.

This is not the first time President Joe Biden and other members of the Democratic party have been subject to threats.

In March, a 21-year-old man from Michigan was charged with threatening to kill Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

In October, a man from Mayland had federal charges against him for allegedly threatening Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.