Pascale Ferrier, the Canadian woman who tried to assassinate Trump by mailing ricin to him, and who was arrested crossing the Canadian border into the US with a gun, turns out to be an illegal immigrant deported by Trump.
The Canadian woman charged with sending a ricin-laced letter to President Trump apparently tweeted a hashtag supportive of killing the commander-in-chief less than two weeks ago.
Pascale Ferrier, of Quebec, was arrested Sunday at the border crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, after allegedly mailing a letter addressed to Trump containing the highly toxic substance, according to CBC News.
She was carrying a gun at the time of her arrest at the Peace Bridge crossing, CNN said.
An account appearing to belong to Ferrier, 53, tweeted in response to a since-deleted post on Sept. 9: “I just read this tweet. I agree… Nobody did anything… It’s time to change! #killtrump.”
She also allegedly tweeted the same day to someone, “I have a new name for Trump: ‘the ugly tyrant clown.'”
The account bears the name Pascale Ferrier and lists Laval, Quebec, as the location. In her bio, Ferrier describes herself as a “techno-creative Nomad.”
Ferrier, who had been living in the US last year, was deported to Canada after authorities found she overstayed her six-month visa and had committed a crime while in America, the New York Times reported, citing a senior intelligence official.
Court records show that in March 2019, she was arrested in Texas on tampering with a government record charges. But the Times said she was also busted for possession of an unlicensed weapon and resisting arrest. She was found to be carrying a fake driver’s license, the official told the outlet.
The tampering with a government record charge was dismissed that May after she spent 20 days in jail — which is when officials uncovered her visa issue.
Who is Pascale Ferrier, the woman accused of sending ricin to Trump? by Lia Eustachewich, NY Post, September 22, 2020
Ms. Ferrier, or perhaps I should say Mme. Ferrier, appears to be for once not an Arab terrorist, but a Québécois de souche, i.e., old stock French-Canadian terrorist. (UPDATE: An immigrant to Quebec, from France.) Aside from her personal issues, Quebecois do have a history of terrorism in Canada.
If you want to read the NYT story referenced above, it has the "informative" headline Woman Suspected of Sending Ricin to Trump Is Arrested, by Katie Benner and Robert Draper, September 20, 2020. While it refers to her as a Canadian national, and references her deportation, the word "immigrant" does not appear.