Rick Ross Could Face Felony Charges for Issuing Death Threats Against Donald Trump

Rick Ross Issues Death Threat Against Donald Trump
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Rapper Rick Ross may be facing Class E felony charges for issuing a direct death threat against President-Elect Donald Trump.  The offense could result in five years of imprisonment, $250,000 in fines, or both.

US Secret Service officials may be investigating rapper Rick Ross following a direct death threat against Donald Trump.  The issue surrounds the YouTube release of Ross’ latest video, ‘Free Enterprise,’ according to details shared Monday with Digital Music News.

The video was uploaded on November 9th, less than 24 hours after Trump won the presidency.  In the song, Ross explicitly discusses killing the President-Elect.  This is the portion of the song in question:

“Assassinate Trump like I’m Zimmerman

Now accept these words as they came from Eminem

Democratic Party sentenced to the pendulum

Killing them, I voted for Andre Benjamin.”

Here’s the clip.  The lyrics in question come at about 2:30.

Those lyrics have been clearly construed as a death threat by multiple observers, though the policy of the US Secret Service is never to discuss ongoing investigations.  At this stage, it’s unclear if Ross has been contacted by the US Government, or if the matter will be prosecuted.

Ross’ management agency has not responded to a request for comment.

Under United States Code Title 18, Section 871, criminal repercussions can apply to “any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States”.   ‘Class E’ is the least serious felony classification, and carries a maximum prison term of five years.  The maximum fine for a Class E felony offense is $250,000, with 1-5 years of probation.

Walmart, YouTube reacting.

Against potential issues, some outlets are taking pre-emptive steps.  Already, Walmart has pulled the album containing the song from its stores after a high-profile complaint. YouTube hasn’t pulled the video, but sources have told Digital Music News that YouTube quickly moved to bleep the original lyrics.

Meanwhile, versions of the uncensored track can be found on multiple digital outlets, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited.  Even the lyrics themselves are available on Google Music.  Those outlets may pull the track.

‘Free Enterprise,’ which features John Legend, was actually released on the album Black Market in 2015.  That was before Trump’s election to the Presidency, though Secret Service officials also consider threats against political candidates as punishable offenses.  That was the case with Obama, who reportedly started receiving death threats early in his 2008 presidential campaign.

Meanwhile, death threats against Donald Trump have been overflowing online, particularly on networks like Twitter and Facebook.  According to sources, those threats are being vetted, with serious threats isolated for investigation or criminal action.

Separately, Rick Ross reportedly owes $5.7 million in unpaid taxes.  TMZ first reported the delinquencies, though Ross has blamed a sloppy accountant for the discrepancies.

10 Responses

  1. Easchylus

    The irony is that the DNC has fooled many to vote on the grounds of race. When you do that, you, become the racist and moreover you have opened the door to the real thing coming your way. It is an unfortunate political trick only to gain an electorate and there you have created a very serious problem for the sake of political gain. It will not end well when the silent majority grows impatience with this circumstance. Better to curb the pandering now than later.

  2. Anonymous

    A lot of songs, movies and novels would have to be censured if this were taken literally…

  3. James Kushite

    Easchylus, you are stupid af! Racism is bigger than one’s political party affiliation. And blacks have been living under a system of white superiority for more than 400 years so why do you think we put our vote behind the same candidate supported by the KKK and other white supremacists? Please o jump off of a bridge.

    • Easchylus

      James, There is no need to be afraid. This isn’t about politics; this is about the way the world works as evidenced by trends and patterns through time using inductive reasoning. The United States’ conflict between blacks and whites is due to blacks being what is known as a diaspora–and not self-sufficient enough. This relationship is not publicly explicit and that is why race issues will only ever go around in circles, never to be solved otherwise. The good news is that the USA is wealthy and has a constitution that does a decent job. With a little research you will learn that this level of conflict in poor countries amounts to genocide and there have been several around the world since 1945. You are right to be concerned about the issue. You will do well to study it closely to assuage your fears and to understand what is really going on in the good old USA things are much better than you imagine.

  4. Shit Boy

    Here’s a perfect example of where and when your spoken word choices of the projection of imagery come into play :: You don’t talk about assassinating a U.S.. sitting president , inside the premeditated tense , you tell your audience in a graphic detail and concrete landscape leading up to the exit of the poetic infrastructure : I’m stepping out the , White House , just smoked myself a , Grand Wizard , louse I murdered myself a brand new president elect cashing in on the people’s advanced check ! ‘. . .

  5. Emma

    Elonis vs USA decided in summer 2015 by the US Supreme Court settles this. It’s art. Not a threat. Nothing to see here.

  6. johnAnon

    Anyone else hear of the rumors about Rick Ross being a pedophile?