Man pleads guilty to stealing forklift for his plan to kill President Trump in highly unusual way

A North Dakota man pleaded guilty Friday of planning to “kill the president” — with a forklift.

In a not very well thought out plan, Gregory Lee Leingang, 42, was plotting to use a forklift to flip the presidential limousine while President Donald Trump was inside, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

Mugshot Gregory Lee Leingang – Grand Forks Herald

Keep in mind, “The Beast,” as the modified Cadillac is called, weighs in somewhere in the range of 15,000 to 20,000 pounds, according to Popular Mechanics. And flipping it does not grant access to the presidential cargo inside.

After reaching a deal with prosecutors, Leingang pleaded guilty for attempting to enter or remain in a restricted building and on grounds while using a dangerous weapon — that being the forklift, of course.

President Trump was in Mandan, about 6 miles west of Bismarck, in Sept. 2017 to give a tax reform speech when, according to U.S. Assistant State’s Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell, Leingang stole a forklift and entered the motorcade  route.

“The intent was to basically try to get to the limo, flip the limo and get to the president and he wanted to kill the president,” Russell said of Leingang, according to the paper.

But the diabolical plan went awry when the forklift got stuck in a gated area.

Leingang, who had set two fires that morning, would flee the scene but was later apprehended by police. He confessed his intentions while in custody, Russell said.

“He was suffering a serious psychiatric crisis during this incident,” public defender Michelle Monteiro said in court, according to The Herald.

Ya think? Could it be Trump Derangement Syndrome, brought on by the relentlessly negative coverage of Trump by cable news?

Sentencing is set for February 15. Leingang has already been sentenced to 10 years for setting the fires and another five years for stealing the forklift. This coming on top of a five year sentence for burglary in a separate case.

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