Man arrested for threatening violence at Joe Biden's inauguration

A 45-year-old man in Chicago has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Democrats at Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.

Louis Capriotti was arrested near his home in a Chicago neighbourhood on Tuesday morning, according to a statement released by John R. Lausch Jr., the U.S. attorney in Chicago.

According to reports, Mr. Capriotti left a voice message for a member of the House of Representatives saying that if people "think that Joe Biden is going to put his hand on the Bible and walk" into the "White House on January 20, theyre sadly mistaken."

The case against the 45-year-old claims he said he and others would surround the White House on Inauguration Day and "kill" any Democrats that "step on the lawn."

Man arrested for threatening violence at Joe Biden's inauguration

The complaint filed detailed how "[his] messages, in almost every instance, included profanity, along with derogatory remarks concerning the race, religion, political affiliation, or physical appearance of certain Members and others."

Prosecutors have reported Capriotti a number of times over the years for leaving messages that "could be interpreted as hateful and threatening".

According to the Department of Justice, if he is convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on "charges of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce".

Meanwhile, speaking today for the first time since the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Trump said the ongoing attempts to impeach him are causing "tremendous anger" among his supporters and has called it the "greatest witch-hunt in the history of politics".

Man arrested for threatening violence at Joe Biden's inauguration

Trump also said that he wants "no violence" as Joe Biden's inauguration approaches.

Today, reporters asked him whether or not he plans to resign, but the 74-year-old continuously declined to answer.

"We want absolutely no violence," he said.

"On the impeachment, it's really a continuation of the greatest witch-hunt in the history of politics, it's ridiculous - it's absolutely ridiculous.

"The impeachment is causing tremendous anger... and it's really a terrible thing that they're doing," said Mr. Trump.