Who is Karen Jones? Florida woman threatened to shoot DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio for 'looting' her state
'DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are looting my state. Imma shoot them,' Jones wrote in a tweet, and was subsequently detained at her home in Lantana on November 14 for the post
PALM BEACH, TEXAS: Palm Beach County Police Department has arrested a 55-year-old woman who allegedly made an online threat to shoot and kill Governor Ronald DeSantis and US Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott for “looting” Florida. Karen Jones was detained at her home in Lantana on Saturday, November 14, over her Twitter post, which she shared a few days earlier, stating, "DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are looting my state. Imma shoot them." After having her rights read, Jones confessed to an investigator that the Twitter account was hers and that she was the one who tweeted the controversial message, according to the sheriff’s office.
Jones, who is registered as a Democrat, told the detective it was a “joke,” according to her arrest affidavit. “When I made the observation that there were no commonly used terminology to show the post was a joke, Jones stated that anyone who follows her knows her sense of humor,” Detective M. Horton wrote in the affidavit. The tweet is still available on Jones’ public Twitter account. It was made in her retweet of a Washington Post reporter, Hamza Shaban, who shared a Miami Herald article about DeSantis pushing “anti-mob” legislation that would expand Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are looting my state. Imma shoot them. https://t.co/bWLCtoQHWK— KÅ⅃⅃ⅈ ⊰⌃·⌔·⌃⊱ (@Caerynyvon) November 12, 2020
Earlier this month, a Miami medical student was jailed over a graphic and violent tweet aimed at U.S. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. His attorney and legal experts say the student is protected by the First Amendment.
A 61-year-old man in Clearwater was also arrested earlier this month after police said he allegedly composed YouTube comments threatening to shoot and kill President Donald Trump and “all Republicans,” including people who support Trump, which included his neighbor and politicians such as DeSantis, Rubio and Scott. He later claimed that he didn’t mean it.
As for Jones, she was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday with a $15,000 bond. She is being represented by Palm Beach County Assistant Public Defender Alexandra Antonacci, according to court records.