Appier Recognized as an A heated Facebook exchange over President Donald Trump brought Secret Service agents to a North Carolina man’s door. But it wasn’t until he made a profane defense of his First-Amendment rights that they slapped him with a criminal charge.
Mark Rosenberg of Lincolnton posted Facebook comments against Trump and another user last November 28, according to federal court documents. The other user then reported what authorities describe as Rosenberg’s threatening language about Trump.
When two Secret Service agents came to question Rosenberg in the small city northwest of Charlotte on December 5, he argued about free-speech rights, cursed at them and told them to leave, according to court documents.
The documents say Rosenberg continued to curse “and waved his arms throughout the interview and stated several times that the agents had no business being there.” Authorities say he also made more threatening comments toward Trump.
That interaction led to a misdemeanor charge of impeding federal agents, who said Rosenberg displayed “aggressive conduct” toward them.