It seems like we are hearing something new about President Trump every day. Apparently, he is the president that some Americans simply love to hate, and they will do anything to poke fun at his communication skills, decision-making, and even physical appearance. But, one man recently took it a step further and attempting to put Trump in danger.
Forty-two-year-old Gregory Lee Leingang, not only daydreamed about harming Trump, he actually set his plan in motion. The North Dakota Native went so far as stealing a forklift, hoping to drive it into the president’s motorcade where he was scheduled to give a speech. According to the U.S. Assistant’s State Attorney, Brandi Sasse Russell, Leingang was intending to assassinate President Trump.
“The intent was to basically try to get to the limo, flip the limo, and try to get to the president, and he wanted to kill the president,” Russell said.
While visiting Andeavor Refinery in Mandan to speak to workers about tax reform on September 6, Leinlang has his plan in place. Knowing that the president was due to speak at 2 pm, he stole the forklift just in time and attempted to access the motorcade route, but he was stopped in his tracks when the forklift got stuck in a gated area. Leinlang then fled the scene but was later tracked down by local police. He immediately admitted the details of his plan to the police and members of the U.S. Secret Service.
According to Leinlang’s public defender, the suspect was suffering from a major psychiatric crisis during the time of the incident.
After pleading guilty to one count of attempting to enter or remain in a restricted building and on grounds while using a dangerous weapon, and one count of attempting to damage government property, Leinlang, entered a plea deal with federal prosecutors. He ended up receiving a five-year sentence for the theft of the forklift. Because he attempted to start a fire at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark and one at the state parole and probation office, he also received a ten-year sentence for arson and another five-year term for a different burglary incident. He will be released sometime during the year 2038.
Like everything else that involves Trump, commenters had a lot to say…
“Too bad, would have solved a lot of our current problems.”
“The guy is a menace, should be locked up for life.”
And of course, the political fight came into play…
“Just another unhinged lefty loser. Just gonna send him to prison to be with the rest of his liberal pals.”
“Just another crazy liberal who wants to kill people.”
“Only two kinds of people these days…Americans and Democrats.”
And others tried to reason that this is the norm with all presidencies…
“Oh, please. There are nuts on both sides. Always have been, always will be. There were many attempts against Obama that were foiled. Like the Crawford guy who planned to kill him with an x-ray gun or the one who shot up the WH with an assault rifle.”
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