Have you ever heard of David Kenneth Smith? Chances are you haven’t — he’s a rabid anti-Trumper, thus his story didn’t fit any convenient narrative. News of his arrest was treated as a local story with no national significance. However, if this freak had been a right-wing activist, he’d have been a front-page story in every paper in the country.
Smith, 39, was arrested in Orange County, Calif., on Nov. 2 following an investigation involving the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was charged with one felony count of making criminal threats after threatening a university professor through emails and posting threatening YouTube videos — in one he talked about going on a “killing spree.”
Police recovered nine loaded firearms registered to Smith after his arrest, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials.
On Nov. 1, Smith allegedly began exchanging emails with an instructor at Soka University in Aliso Viejo about disciplinary actions taken against him for smoking marijuana when he attended the university in 2008.
Smith allegedly emailed the professor a link to a YouTube video that showed him telling stories about college while lying in the bathtub holding a pistol on his chest.
In the video, Smith claimed to write for a major metropolitan newspaper.
For a time, he contributed to The Orange County Register as a freelancer, according to the paper.
“David Kenneth Smith was not an employee of the Register,” a Southern California News Group spokesman said. “It appears he contributed periodically between 2005 and 2008 when the Register was owned by Freedom Communications.”
In another disturbing video titled “What Good Does Killing Ever Do,” he explored the pros and cons of going on a “killing spree,” and decided that it sounded like a “great idea” compared to dying or committing suicide.
“Should I be homeless or go on a killing spree?” the man in the video asks. “I think being homeless is an entirely artificial situation. I wasn’t born here to obey every rule you guys ever made, OK? I was born to be who I am.”
Smith is being held on a $1 million bail. He pleaded not guilty when charged on November 6.
Six More Examples of Anti-Trump Violence
Smith has posted many videos ranting about the president.
In a video dated October 13, 2017, he lamented how President Trump is “systematically dismantling” his beloved Obama’s “presidential legacy.”
Here, he performed a bizarre little play titled, “Trump and the Green Berets.”
“Investigators believed the suspect’s threats were credible and an attack possible,” the Sheriff’s Department stated.
Indeed, Soka University may have been spared a horrific mass shooting when this ticking time bomb was taken off the streets.