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Phoenix ‘Draw Muhammad’ Protest Organizer Reveals How He's Responding to Alleged Death Threats Against Him

The organizer of a controversial "draw Muhammad" protest outside a Phoenix mosque told reporters Friday night that he planned on going into hiding after the demonstration concluded because of alleged death threats made against him.

"I'm having to go into hiding after this because they are calling lone wolfs to come in and behead me," former U.S. Marine Jon Ritzheimer said. "That's tyranny. That's terrorism right here in America."

"I'm going into hiding. I hope more patriots take a stand. Don't talk about it be about it," he added. "You know, I got to watch out for my kids. ... This is again proof tyranny is in America."

When a reporter asked if the protest was "worth it," Ritzheimer responded by seemingly comparing himself to those who signed the Declaration of Independence.

The protest outside a Phoenix mosque Friday night drew many anti-Islam demonstrators who hurled insults at those holding a counter-demonstration in favor of the Muslim community's right to worship.

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