51 year-old Florida resident, Dominic Puopolo, who was arrested by Miami Beach police Tuesday for allegedly threatening President-elect Donald Trump online is, according to The Daily Mail, is a member of a prominent northeast family close to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Puopolo reportedly admitted to posting a video to Twitter, under his handle @JesusChrist1701, saying: “Yes, I will be at the review stand at the inauguration and I am going to kill President-elect Trump… what are you gonna do about it Secret Service?”
And was arrested and charged after leaving a Washington Avenue Subway sandwich shop on Tuesday afternoon.
However, as The Mail notes, Puopolo is not your average Never-Trump’r…
He once gave $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee, DailyMail.com has learned.
Suspect Dominic Puopolo Jr., 51, sat near Hillary Clinton when she delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Puopolo’s mother, Sonia, who died in one of the jets that flew into the World Trade Center on 9-11.
He once posted a photo of himself holding an image of his mother in front of a wall that sports a picture of him with Colin Powell and a famous shot of Ronald Reagan. Puopolo has published a number of pictures of outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry, whom he calls a friend.
According to news archives his mother, Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo was married to the wealthy Nantucket businessman Dominic J. Puopolo Sr. However, Sonia was among 92 people on American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001, when it crashed into the World Trade Center’s north tower in New York City. In an amazing twist of fate, Ground Zero cleanup crews recovered the wedding ring that Sonia’s husband had given her 40 years earlier. The suspect’s sister, Miami resident Sonia Tita Puopolo, wrote a book in 2010 about the ring called Sonia’s Ring: 11 Ways To Heal Your Heart, Miracles Do Happen, and even ended up on Ellen DeGeneres’ show to discuss it.
Dominic Puopolo posted this picture of President Clinton with his sister Sonia (left) and his mother Sonia, who was killed in one of the planes that flew into the World Trade Center
The family is also known in political circles for its generosity toward Democratic organizations and candidates.
The threat suspect, according to federal elections records, gave $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 1996. He also contributed to Kerry and deceased Sen. Ted Kennedy in the mid-1990s. His name popped up again in contributions in 2006 when he gave $4,000 to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign.
His sister Sonia gave $4,000 to Hillary Clinton’s various campaigns.
In Miami, meanwhile, Dom Puopolo was arrested four times for petty crimes since 2006, twice for petty theft and once for defrauding an innkeeper.