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Protester Arrested at Sen. Jeff Flake's Arizona Office After Making Threats

A 59-year-old Tucson man was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly threatening a staffer during a protest at Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s office in Tucson.

Two men, Mark Prichard and Patrick Diehl, were arrested on charges of third-degree criminal trespass, according to Deputy Cody Gress, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Prichard is also facing a misdemeanor charge of threats and intimidation.

“Staffers working at the office indicated one of the protesters had made comments referencing the shooting of Rep. Scalise, which prompted them to call the Sheriff’s Department as well as lock the office doors,” said the PCSD in a news release.

According to Jason Samuels, communications director for Sen. Flake, Prichard said the following to one of Flake’s staffers:

“You know how liberals are going to solve the Republican problem? They are going to get better aim. That last guy tried, but he needed better aim. We will get better aim.”

Prichard and the 70-year-old Diehl were told to leave because they weren’t being peaceful.  After they refused to comply, both were arrested.

Five protesters were also arrested outside of Flake’s Phoenix office on Thursday after blocking the door and refusing to leave the premises.

Via Tucson News Now:

On Wednesday, June 14, House Majority Whip Scalise and four others were injured when a gunman opened fire on a Republican baseball practice.

U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman. The rifle-wielding attacker had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

A month before the shooting, a Tucson man was arrested for allegedly threatening Rep. Martha McSally.

According to an interim complaint, Steve Martan made three threatening phone calls to McSally’s office.

Also in June, Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney received an email threat that read, “One down, 216 to go,” shortly after the shooting at the GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

And a man driving a white Chevrolet Malibu reportedly fired several shots at a man driving a truck with “Make America Great Again” flag in Indiana.

Lists of attacks on Republicans since the campaign last year can be viewed here, here, and here.