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Florida Man Who Threatened Trump Is Well-Connected Democrat Donor

Posted on | January 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

Dominic Puopolo Jr. (left); Bill Clinton with Puopolo’s sister and mother (right).

Earlier today, I treated this as a joke — a guy in Florida used Twitter to post a video threatening to kill Donald Trump — but that was before I learned the details about Dominic Puopolo Jr.:

The man arrested by Miami Beach police Tuesday for allegedly threatening President-elect Donald Trump online is a member of a prominent northeast family close to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
He once gave $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee, has learned.
Suspect Dominic Puopolo Jr., 51, sat near Hillary Clinton when she delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Puopolo’s mother, Sonia, who died in one of the jets that flew into the World Trade Center on 9-11.
During that eulogy on Oct. 6, 2001 in Boston, the former presidential candidate referred to ‘Dom Jr.’s latest computer wizardry.’
The ‘wizard’ is now being held in a Miami-Dade County jail after using Twitter to threaten Trump’s life. . . .
On various social media platforms, where he posts as JesusChrist1701, the computer consultant claims to have testified in terror cases as an expert witness in a German federal court in Hamburg from 2003 to 2008. . . .
Puopolo has published a number of pictures of outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry, whom he calls a friend. . . .
According to news archives his mother, Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo was married to the wealthy Nantucket businessman Dominic J. Puopolo Sr.
She was once a professional ballet dancer and became a major philanthropist and political donor.
However, Sonia was among 92 people on American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001, when it crashed into the World Trade Center’s north tower in New York City. . . .
The family is also known in political circles for its generosity toward Democratic organizations and candidates.
The threat suspect, according to federal elections records, gave $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 1996. He also contributed to Kerry and deceased Sen. Ted Kennedy in the mid-1990s. His name popped up again in contributions in 2006 when he gave $4,000 to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign.
His sister Sonia gave $4,000 to Hillary Clinton’s various campaigns.
In Miami, meanwhile, Dom Puopolo was arrested four times for petty crimes since 2006, twice for petty theft and once for defrauding an innkeeper. . . .
There’s also evidence he was the target of mental health court proceedings in 2016 although the details are not public.
When he was arrested in March, the judge ordered Puopolo to be represented by a tax-funded public defender after declaring him ‘indigent.’
Property records, however, indicate Puopolo sold a family home in Dover, Mass. in 2013 for $4 million. And in 2004, he sold a condo in downtown Miami for $3.3 million.
He currently lives in a run-down $60,000, one-bedroom flat in Miami Beach.

This is evidently a case of a guy who has gone downhill badly in the past decade or so, whose wealth has been dissipated, and for whom the defeat of Hillary Clinton was a shattering emotional blow.



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