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Anti-Gay Death Threat Sent to Councilman in Response to Trump Protest March

By Jeanmarie Evelly | November 18, 2016 12:20pm | Updated on November 21, 2016 8:40am
 City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer at a press conference at City Hall, June 2013.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer at a press conference at City Hall, June 2013.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer was emailed a death threat after organizing a march to protest President-Elect Donald Trump — with the writer condemning the lawmaker's "homosexual lifestyle" and calling him a "f---ing traitor."

The email was sent to the councilman Thursday afternoon, about 20 minutes after Van Bramer sent out his own email advertising Saturday's protest march in which he wrote that although Trump was born in Queens, he "does not share our values."

The typo-riddled email threat — which Van Bramer's office shared with DNAinfo New York — seemed to be a response to the councilman's rally.

"Rest of the people from Queens do not agree with your homosexual lifestyle, so get the f--k out of this country, you f---ing traitor!" it reads.

"I will keep a close eye on your every moves so that when it's time to execute traitors, I will try my best so that you name is included in that list of traitors. Execution is the penalty for a traitor, that is the Law Of This Land!"

The email also warned Van Bramer that he would be "responsible for all possible violances [sic] to innocent people and damages to public and private property."

The spokeswoman for the councilman said the NYPD is aware of the threat and is investigating who sent it.

Van Bramer says he still plans to attend Saturday's march, in which protestors will gather in Long Island City and head across the Queensboro Bridge to the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

"We still plan on marching tomorrow and fighting the racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic demagoguery of Donald Trump," he said in a statement sent out Friday.

"Queens is the most diverse county in the country, and we know that our differences make us stronger. We will fight for these values every single day, no matter what. I am not scared and I will not back down."

Politico was first to report on the email threat.

Earlier this week, Manhattan State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who is Jewish and openly gay, reported finding swastikas carved into the elevator door in his Greenwich Village apartment building.

The NYPD says there has been a spike in hate crimes across the city, which police officials believe was fueled by the volatile rhetoric surrounding the presidential election.