Jake Flores calls himself a comedian but as far as I can tell he’s a part-time bartender and pizza delivery guy. Last week to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, he tweeted a “joke” to his followers instructing them to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Hilarious, right? The Department of Homeland Security didn’t think so and paid this self-describe comic a visit.
In a series on now-deleted tweets, Flores wrote this last week:
Ok here’s how Cinco de Mayo works in 2018. White people are allowed to culturally appropriate on the condition that you help to destroy ICE. You kill 1 ICE agent and you get to wear a sombrero. 2 kills and you can wear a pancho. 3rd kill you can draw a mustache on your face in sharpie. 5 kills and you can do skull paint. It goes on and on like this up to 100. After you kill 100 ICE agents you are allowed to be full on racist and no one can give you shit about it. Drive a lowrider, call people wetbacks, get a weird tattoo of a chola that’s also a clown for some reason. No one can stop you. You earned it.
Is it weird that this Hispanic man doesn’t know that the garment is called a “poncho” not a “pancho?” It is, but that’s hardly the worst thing about these tweets. He is presenting this as a joke, but in reality he’s calling on people to murder federal agents for no other reason than they are doing their job and enforcing the law. This is the kind of “joke” that radical leftists take seriously.
Because of that, DHS sent agents to Flores’ apartment. In a tweet that still exists he exaggerated the situation:
Lmao Homeland Security just busted down my door over a joke
— Jake Flores (@feraljokes) May 6, 2018
However, in an interview with Splinter, he explains that DHS knocked on his door and he let them in. That’s much different than “busting down” his door.
“If I had recognized it for what it was, I probably wouldn’t have opened the door, but I thought it must be this repair guy and I wasn’t thinking. I open the door and there are four guys, and they say “Homeland Security” and hold a badge up like they’re in a movie,” said Flores.
Even after admitting that his door wasn’t busted down by federal agents, Flores continued to perpetuate his lie:
“He goes, “Yeah, well, you have a following, you have 10,000 followers on Twitter, someone could’ve seen that and taken it seriously.” I said, “Uh, well, it was a work of fiction. If I’d written a novel or a television show about this idea I was having, would you be busting down my door?” And he said, “Yeah, that’s a good point.” So why are you busting down my door if that’s a good point? He goes, “With 10,000 followers, someone could’ve done something,’” said Flores of the DHS agent.
According to Flores the DHS agents simply wanted to make sure he wasn’t serious about encouraging people to kill ICE agents and that was about it. There is nothing out of the ordinary for DHS to look into the seriousness of threats against federal agents, but Flores wants everyone to think he was the victim of what he calls “a modern day Gestapo.” For the record, Flores was not arrested, or even warned to watch what he says.
I think the problem is, leftists don’t understand why they can’t make death threats against people and institutions that they hate. The want to suppress and ban speech they disagree with, but when they are called out for their hateful violence rhetoric suddenly it’s a fascist assault on their 1st Amendment rights.