FBI: Man threatened Muslim candidate, synagogue in posts

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American political candidate in Virginia also is accused of posting an anti-Semitic threat on a Florida synagogue’s Facebook page.

An FBI agent outlined those allegations against 52-year-old Joseph Vandevere in an affidavit unsealed before his initial court appearance Wednesday in North Carolina.

The affidavit says investigators linked Vandevere to a threatening comment posted in February 2018 on the website of a synagogue in Plantation, Florida.

Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person for a tweet directed at Virginia state Senate candidate Qasim Rashid. The tweet included a picture of a lynching and read, “VIEW YOUR DESTINY.”

Rashid posted a screenshot of the threatening tweet in March 2018 and reported it to the FBI.

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