A tech CEO has resigned after threatening to kill President-Elect Donald Trump.
Matt Harrigan, the CEO of the security company PacketSled, left several comments on his Facebook page on Election Night saying that he is going to kill Donald Trump. After the comments were spread online, he said that he was just joking, but he was promptly suspended and on Tuesday he turned in his resignation.
Here’s everything you need to know about Matt Harrigan.
1. He Said He Was Going to Shoot Donald Trump With a Sniper Rifle
Following the election of Donald Trump, Matt Harrigan left several angry comments on his personal Facebook account, including threats against the new president-elect. Harrigan wrote, “I’m going to kill the president. Elect.” Not long after, he added, “Bring it secret service.”
He went into even further detail by describing exactly how he was going to kill Trump. When someone told him to relax, he replied, “Nope, getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the whitehouse that that suits you motherfucker. I’ll find you.”
Screenshots of the comments were immediately spread around social media, with a post about Harrigan’s threats receiving 4,752 points and over 700 comments on the Donald Trump subreddit. Not long after posting these threatening statements, Matt Harrigan deleted the comment thread.
It’s unclear what will happen to Harrigan going forward, but threatening the president is a felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871. This makes it clear that a person who knowingly makes a threat against the president will be fined, imprisoned for up to five years, or both. That also applies to threats against the president-elect.
2. He Says His Comments Were ‘A Flawed Joke’
On Twitter, Harrigan said that what he said was a joke that was taken out of context. However, he conceded that the joke was “flawed” and that he used poor judgement when he posted it to Facebook.
Harrigan also said that he does not actually wish any ill will towards President-Elect Trump.
3. PacketSled Said They Reported Harrigan to the Secret Service
The company Matt Harrigan is the CEO of is called PacketSled, and they offer network security and threat detection services.
Shortly after the comments made by their CEO went viral, PacketSled issued a press release saying that they had reported Matt Harrigan to the Secret Service and that he would be placed on administrative leave.
“PacketSled takes recent comments made by our CEO, seriously,” they said in the press release. “Once we were made aware of these comments, we immediately reported this information to the secret service and will cooperate fully with any inquiries. These comments do not reflect the views or opinions of PacketSled, its employees, investors or partners.”
4. Harrigan Resigned On November 15th
Two days after the comments went viral, PacketSled announced on Tuesday that Matt Harrigan had offered his resignation. The company says that its Chief Technology Officer, Fred Wilmot, will serve as a temporarily replacement until a new CEO is hired.
In their press release about Harrigan’s resignation, the company once again said that his views do not reflect their own.
“We want to be very clear, PacketSled does not condone the comments made by Mr. Harrigan, which do not reflect the views or opinions of the company, its employees, investors or partners,” the company said.
5. PacketSled Has Been Flooded With Negative Comments
PacketSled, the security company Matt Harrigan was the CEO of, has received thousands of comments on social media from people expressing their outrage over what Harrigan wrote about President-Elect Donald Trump.
These complaints died down slightly when Harrigan’s resignation was announced, but still many users were angry that he resigned rather than being fired, adding that it took too long for the situation to be resolved.
PacketSled’s profile on Google Reviews has also been flooded with one-star reviews. They now have an average score of 1.1 stars out of five.
One user wrote, “Administrative leave? Really?? Should be fired, arrested and jailed for life threatening threat!! If he’s that stupid he shouldn’t be in charge of anything.”
Another said in their review, “What kind of company puts a man who has such bad judgement in the position of CEO? Whether you like it or not, this is a reflection on the board and the rest of leadership.”