Man who threatened life of Ron DeSantis, other Republicans faces prison time

An Oklahoma man threatened DeSantis in response to a social media post condemning DEI and critical race theory.

An Oklahoma man who made threats on the lives of Ron DeSantis and other Republicans faces prison time.

Enid’s Tyler Jay Marshall “pleaded guilty to the interstate transmission of threatening communications against various government officials,” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Oklahoma.

“According to court records, on or about May 15, 2023, the FBI learned that Marshall had been using Twitter to post threats to shoot or bomb several government officials and their families, including Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, DeSantis, and United States Senator Ted Cruz,” the release notes.

Marshall has been locked up since May and he faces up to five years in prison and a $300,000 fine.

The threat to DeSantis, as noted by the New York Times, came in response to a May 15 post on what is now the X social media platform, in which the Governor said he had “seen examples of schools requiring students and professors to commit to DEI and CRT theories before they are admitted or hired at a university – a de facto political loyalty oath. DEI can no longer be used as a woke litmus test as a condition of entrance into higher education in Florida.”

Marshall then posted in response, “I’ll see you dead in your home.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tjb

    August 5, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    How does Ron get off from facing prison time after making this comment;
    . “On bureaucracy, you know, we’re going to have all these deep state people, you know, we’re going to start slitting throats on day one and be ready to go,” DeSantis said.

  • PeterH

    August 5, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    “If you come after me, I’m going to come after you!”

    Donald Trump, Friday August 4, 2023

    Does this not qualify as a threat?

  • double standards everywhere

    August 6, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, absolutely not defending threats of any kind for anyone ever period end of story. But if you’re a public (embarrassment) psychopath, you get to say and do what you want and it’s all just political theater. If you’re an angry citizen spouting off on twex you get an FBI raid like you’re the unibomber. Note, far as I know, the guy didn’t actually DO anything, just spotted off on TweX. Again NOT defending but let’s put into context. So those pro DeSantis and pro Trump neonazis in Florida waving and projecting signs saying “kill all the Jews” and “kill all F@g$” etc—those guys get freedom of speech protection. Right. The law needs to catch up quickly to deciphering these things because we are in iceberg territory.

    • Stoopid Tax

      August 7, 2023 at 5:21 pm

      He plead down to “interstate transmission of threatening communications against government officials” (from “threatening to murder…”). Issuing a murder threat is a crime in every state. Issuing a murder threat to a government official is a Federal Crime. The perp issued very specific murder and bomb threats to kill three Governors and a U.S. Senator. He is getting off light. Keep in mind, this is Biden’s/U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s guy who went after this perp.

      The perp is going to pay a substantial ‘stoopid tax’ for his actions, and probably altered the course of his life.

      If a person at a rally is holding a sign that reads, “I am going to bomb Governor X,” I suspect that person could be arrested and similarly charged.

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