Matt Harrigan was the CEO of tech security company PacketSled, located in San Diego, until he resigned in disgrace after comments he made threatening to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump went viral and got him into hot water with his company and the Secret Service.
Harrigan spoke with KGTV on Tuesday and shared how he believed his comments were only being seen by friends. He claims that he was just joking. However, after one of his friends did not take too kindly to his dangerous and distasteful “joke” and put it on Twitter, things spun out of control for him.
In a series of Facebook posts, Harrigan posted things like, “I’m going to kill the president. elect” and “Bring it, secret service.” Harrigan even said he was going to target Donald Trump with a sniper rifle once he moved into the White House. He now says he is ashamed of what he wrote and wishes he could take it back. He also added another excuse for his terroristic tirade.
He was drunk.
Harrigan was interviewed by the Secret Service for two hours but does not yet know if he will face any charges for his “joke.” His life has already changed in another dramatic way outside of losing his job. He says he has had to move his family out of his home due to threats, ones he is taking seriously even though he thinks people should take his threats to murder President-elect Trump as just a joke.
Although Harrigan was obviously distraught on election night, to the point of threatening to assassinate the president-elect, he did offer words of support for Trump.
“He is gonna be our president now and I hope he can do a great job for us….Anybody who took offense to what I said, I’m deeply apologetic,” Harrigan said.