Wonkette sums up the case against Jeremy Hanson, a Californian who posted threats to blow up Springfield-based Merriam-Webster over the way it defined several gender-related words, including "girl."
It takes awhile to sum up the case, because Hanson is also charged in making similar threats against a New York rabbi, a DC Comics writer, Land O' Lakes, the ACLU, USA Today, elected and school officials in Wisconsin, Amnesty International, professors at Loyola Marymount University, the University of North Texas and Disney, because of his hatred for transgender people, Palestinians, the fact that the new Superman is bi, the alleged neutering of Mr. Potatohead and the removal of racist statues.
Surprise: He got in trouble for making similar threats in 2015.
According to an affidavit by an FBI agent on the case, Hanson's mother says he's somewhere on the autism spectrum and has impulse-control issues, but that the ardent Trump supporter has no weapons and he only acts out and gets when he stops taking his medication and that she tries to stop him when she's awake, but a woman has to get her sleep sometime. As Wonkette notes, there are several million of people on the autism spectrum who do not go on violence-threatening rampages.
Merriam-Webster shut its offices in Springfield and New York for five days after getting the threats, the affidavit states.
Hanson is facing five years in prison if convicted on one count of interstate communication of threats to commit violence, according to the US Attorney's office in Boston, which is leading the prosecution effort.