After losing billions from conservative boycotts for going woke, the retail chain removed some items from its “Pride” month children’s collection, thereby incurring the wrath of gay activists who saw its reluctance to alienate other customers as a betrayal.
“Target is full of cowards who turned their back on the LGBT community and decided to cater to the homophobic right-wing redneck bigots who protested and vandalized their store,” said an email obtained by Cleveland 19 News.
“We won’t stand idly by as the far right continues to hunt us down,” the terrorist threat continued, referring to Christian customers’ refusal to spend their own money at a business that offered “tuck-friendly” swimsuits for toddlers.
“We are sending you a message, we placed a bomb in the following targets [sic],” the message said.
The email then listed five targets in Ohio and Pennsylvania that allegedly had bombs placed in them.
“We will continue to bomb your targets [sic] until you stop cowering and bring back your LGBT merchandise,” the email threatened.
Police started investigations after two local news stations reported receiving emails informing them of the bomb threats.
Sgt. John Ottesen of Layton Police that the threat was three sentences long and was sent from an anonymous or temporary email.
Brent Wesberg, Salt Lake City police’s communications director, informed USA Today that officers found no “credible threat.”
“Officers will continue neighborhood patrols around the Target locations in Salt Lake City out of an abundance of caution,” he said, explaining that police will still be on alert around the threatened areas.
“We encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious to immediately call 911,” he added.
One store in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, was also threatened, according to WTAE4 of Pittsburgh.
The FBI is actively seeking to determine the identity of the person who sent the emails.