Martin Shkreli, the “Pharma Bro” who quickly became one of the most hated men in America for raising the prices of HIV drugs that his company had acquired, can't stop getting into trouble. He's already been convicted of fraud in a case involving a hedge fund of his, and this week, he has put his bail at risk via his penchant for internet trolling.
Newsweek reported on Tuesday that Shkreli posted the following about Hillary Clinton on Facebook, only to delete it later:
The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets. So on HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her. I must confirm the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton. Payment after the sequence matches. Good luck, patrollers.
(this is satire, meant for humor and not an endorsement of violence against a truly wonderful public servant).
He followed with this:
The Secret Service has requested an interview with me. I am declining that interview—schedule is full. I will be peacefully protesting the Hillary Clinton book signing in NYC, chanting 'lock her up' with my friends, though.
According to USA Today, that was enough for federal prosecutors to try to get Shkreli's bail revoked on Thursday. From the federal government's motion:
Shkreli's latest threat is concerning not only because it has required a significant expenditure of resources by the United States Secret Service, which is charged with protecting Secretary Clinton, but also because there is a significant risk that one of his many social media followers or others who learn of his offers through the media will take his statements seriously — as has happened previously — and act on them.
Prosecutors also cited his past harassment of Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca, which got him banned from Twitter. Shkreli's attorneys have until Tuesday to file a response, with a hearing scheduled for two days later. As for 'Pharma Bro' himself, he was back on Facebook later Thursday to express his frustration with the development:
Lol Hillary Clinton's presumptive agents are hard at work. It was just a prank, bro!
But still, lock HER up. Spend your resources investigating her, not me!!
Shkreli is facing up to 20 years in prison on the fraud conviction.