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Matt Harrigan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Matt Harrigan is the former president and CEO of PacketSled. (Twitter/@mattharrigan)

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

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Matt Harrigan made threatening comments against Donald Trump on Facebook. (Reddit)

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’

Republican presidential elect Donald Trump gestures after speaking during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. (Getty)

Donald Trump speaks to his supporters after becoming the president-elect on November 9th. Getty)

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

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Donald Trump is surrounded by Secret Service agents at the Trump International Hotel. (Getty)

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

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PacketSled is a technology company that offers threat detection services. (Facebook/PacketSled)

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

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PacketSled has received hundreds of negative reviews on Google. (Google)

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.”

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27 comments

  1. The flaw is Matt Harrigan. Like all that are democrats / socialist. When they win they call you a racist bigot for not supporting what they believe. When they lose the call you a racist bigot for not supporting what they wanted. Are you beginning to understand the mind of a democrat liberal? Their god is their government and when their god loses like it always will they act out like children of the corn on crack. These people need to be removed from this country and taken to a socialist paradise you know like France or some place that embraces their special sort of stupid. Making America great will only be done at the removal of the mental illness called progressive socialist marxist government is my god loving nut jobs. They know nothing of history for if they did they’d never call a republican a racist… Not even revisionist democrats can conceal who the real racists through out American history have always been for it is themselves you know the ones called democrats.

    • Act out like children of the corn on crack, oh, you mean like the racist, immature overgrown child, lacking experience pig that weaseled his way into the white house?? You are the nut job. Apparently you have no clue what you are talking about – ANYONE can be a racist. Again, you are the nut job…..

      • @tamilyn68: I have no <3 for any politician, so I have no dog in this fight but… Your comments only proved his point… Spoken like a true COTCOC

      • @ Tamilyn68…LOL LOL LOL LOL HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA…this is one of the 69 million people who voted in President-Elect Trump into Office.

        You point to one action or comment that would justify you labeling President-Elect Trump a racist. I am talking about actual FACTS. I’ll be waiting…thanks!

        • You’re wasting your time. Peole like tamilyn68 don’t have the awareness to see the irony (and general stupidity) in what they spew out. I recall hearing liberalism described as a mental illness. At the time, I thought that was kind of a stretch. But now . . . :-)

      • Your statement is untrue on so many levels…”ANYONE can be a racist”. Were the two black men called racists when they beat the crap out of the white Trump voter? No! Had this been two white men beating up a black man because he voting for Clinton then THEY would have been racists. I could bring up example after example but I’m sure you already know them all, but you brush them off with excuses. The reason I believe that Trump won the election is because multiracial people like myself (yes I have blacks in my family) that voted for Obama are sick and tired of the PC culture that has plagued this country since Obama decided he wanted to be an activist instead of a president. Hillary lost the election because people didn’t want another 4 years of these policies and she never distanced herself from them. Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for being such sore losers. You preach tolerance, but only if everyone thinks the way you do. You’re afraid Trump will destroy this county so you destroy your cities by burning and looting. I could go on and on, but I can best sum it up with one word…hypocrite!

    • You should have stopped after your first sentence and you could have had a credible comment. The comments that followed undermined your statement by identifying yourself as a bigot. Try better next time, okay?

  2. Has this scumbag been arrested? If not, why not? That is a felony and that pig belongs in prison getting a train run on him.

  3. PacketSled sucks.. this should have been an immediate firing..the fact that they waited so long speaks loudly to the lame leadership of their Board. It should be zero tolerance for threatening violence on the President-elect .. Harrigan should be imprisoned it is terroristic threats and he should be held accountable.

  4. The only thing worse than a gutless coward making threats on his keyboard is when the gutless coward is caught and tries to blame it on flawed humor. I would bet my last dollar that little fancy boy Matt Harriman couldn’t get out of a wet paper bag even if you put a dozen holes in it. This guy needs to have his beaten to a pulp.

  5. I am a conservative retired business man with very definite opinions about all who would make derogatory statements about my country. I have many friends with views at both sides of the political spectrum as well a my sons whom I love more than I can say. The man made a stupid statement and deserves what I am sure awaits him because the pencil neck doesn’t appear to be ready for what is awaiting him in prison. His pictures give me the impression that he might be an abuser of intoxicants which is not an excuse but I don’t feel that his company deserves yo suffer for his actions. I would assume that the board had their legal counsel review all possible repercussions for letting him go before they acted which is what I would always do before I dismissed anyone when I owned my own company. It is the responsible approach because opening up the business to lawsuits endangers the jobs and investments of others and they’re families. In case I am not clear, I feel that the idiot well deserves the expense, pain and humiliation I am certain is part of his future and if they can do it I hope the board sues him for all the harm he causes his company and leaves him destitute after the gross arrogance this idiot displayed.

    • It’s fair to give the Board the benefit of the doubt. But someone unstable enough – or with judgement bad enough – to make that threat, even in jest, would likely have shown previous signs of being a loose cannon. It’s the Board’s responsibility to monitor the CEO’s actions and public utterances, and not allow him become a liability. To the extent that they missed the warning signs, or did not act on them, the Board bears responsibility.

  6. Federal Felony, or let him enjoy the hospitality of Pelican Bay? I’m sure he will feel at home with all the blacks. He’ll get some serious Packets from the bucks and the AB won’t do a thing except sell him overpriced Depends

  7. no sane person would ever make public comments like he did. only a moron or an insane person would think that he could do that without serious consequence. he is one scary dude. & if i had business with that company, i would leave it since they didnt fire him immediately since that shows bad judgement on their part also.

  8. That should be punished, but why can a president like GWB lie and goto war to kill youngsters who got suckered in and that not be against the law. In the GWB case people got killed, families were devistated.

  9. He is a HERO ! G-d bless you Matt ! We see the hypocrisy in all of this. The soon to be Moron-In-Chief can spew lies, racist hatred, cheat people out of money, disregard our laws to benefit himself and his family and incite people to behave in vile ways and blame it on others. You said it like it is. We need more real Americans like you !

  10. looks like – sounds like , another LEFT coast, pampered , entitlement minded, over indulged, democrat minded rich guy that lost money investing in HRC campaign hoping for future contracts. Reading all of his comments on facebook at that time, confirm his tirade was no joke or FLAWED comments. His ass needs to go to court, he needs to stand in judgement for his threats, his left coast neighbors need to know this country has rules and consequences for bad behavior even by by community leaders and CEOs . I guess he could hope for a pardon by BOB before he checks out on 1/20/ 017. Now his company is damage control mode trying to salvage their stock market price before tanking, which would be appropriate because I am sure this tantrum minded company founder is heavy into stock ownership.