Undeterred by a Secret Service inquiry, the longtime butler for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump still believes that President Barack Obama should be murdered, though not necessarily at his hands.
Anthony Senecal told West Virginia newspaper The Martinsburg Journal on Friday—one day after a Secret Service agent called Senecal regarding online comments he made calling for Obama’s death—that he believes the President is a “traitor” who deserves to be killed.
In the threats, surfaced by Mother Jones, Senecal called the president a “filthy muzzie” who should have “been hung from the portico of the White House.”
“I think they (Secret Service) wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to go there with a rifle,” Senecal told the newspaper. “I told them it was too far to drive. I lived in Washington and hated it. I’m glad I got the hell out of there.”
The 84-year-old, who also served as the mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia from 1990-1992, told the newspaper that he stands by the comments he made in his Facebook posts.
“I think it should have been done by the military in the first term—they still have a chance to do it,” he told the Journal.
The Trump campaign has distanced itself from Senecal, who served as the butler at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate for 15 years before becoming an unofficial historian for the property.
In a statement posted on his public Facebook page, Trump called Senecal’s comments “disgusting.”
“Mr. Senecal is obviously a very troubled man,” Trump wrote.
Senecal told the Journal that a Secret Service official asked about his mental health and whether he owned a firearm in an interview that lasted about 15 minutes. He dismissed the questions as “kind of silly.”
According to Senecal, his beliefs about Obama were something he kept close to the chest while he was in Trump’s service.
“The big thing I kept reiterating was it has nothing to do with Mr. Trump,” he told The Journal. “Mr. Trump and I have never discussed Obama. These are my thoughts.”