A Canadian woman was accused of threatening President Donald Trump by sending a letter to the White House containing the deadly poison ricin, according to an unsealed criminal complaint on Tuesday.
The woman, Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, 53, who lives in Quebec, was carrying a knife and a loaded gun in her waistband when she was taken into custody on the US-Canada border on Sunday.
“I came up with a new name for you: ‘The Ugly Tyrant Clown’,” said a letter that court documents said appeared in the letter that arrived at the White House mail sorting center on Friday.
“They’re ruining the US and leading it to catastrophe. I don’t want to spend the next 4 years with you as president. Put and remove your motion for this election. So I made you a ‘special gift’ to make a decision. That gift is in this letter. If it doesn’t work, I’ll find a better recipe for another poison, or I could use my gun if I can come. “
Ferrier is also said to have sent letters containing a powdered substance to people in prisons and detention centers in Texas where she was recently arrested on gun charges. These letters, like the one addressed to Trump, also used the phrase, “If it doesn’t work, I’ll find a better recipe,” the complaint read.
Ferrier was taken into custody after investigators matched her fingerprints on letters found in Texas with Ferrier’s fingerprints in FBI databases.
The FBI said she posted “#killTrump” on Twitter and Facebook on September 9, using the same phrase found in the letter to the president: “Ugly Clown Tyrant”.
According to the complaint, she told Customs and Border Protection officials at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing in Buffalo, New York, that the FBI was looking for her for the ricin letters.
Ferrier was held on no bail when she first appeared in Buffalo court. Your lawyer could not be reached immediately for comment.
Daniella Silva contributed.