A man was arrested after threatening employees of the Boston Globe a number of times after the newspaper published an editorial against President Trump’s attacks on the media, the officials said.
A California man was Thursday arrested after he threatened to kill staff in the Boston Globe following the newspaper’s recent editorial piece calling for publications nationwide to take a stand against President Trump’s attacks on the media.
Robert D. Chain, 68, was charged with making a threatening communication in interstate commerce, the U. S. Attorney’s Office announced. The California native is accused of calling the Boston Globe newsroom more than a dozen times to threaten employees since Aug. 10, when the newspaper first asked in other publications to become a member of the coordinated response, court documents stated.
Chain reportedly threatened to kill Boston Globe employees, and said that the newspaper “the enemy of the people.” On Aug. 16, when the Boston Globe published her piece against Trump’s attacks of the press, a Chain called the editorial office and threatened to shoot staff in the head”, later today, around 4 o’clock.”
The impending conversation prompted extra security in the building.
“Today’s [Thursday] arrest of Robert Chain should serve as a warning to others, that making threats is no joke, it is a federal crime,” Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, said in a press release. “All threats are taken seriously, because we never know whether the subject is behind the threat of the plan is to continue with their actions. Or there is potential hoax or not, every threat will be aggressive to run to the ground.”
Chain could face up to five years in prison, if convicted.
TRUMP IS ACCUSING THE BOSTON GLOBE OF ‘COLLUSION’ WITH OTHER PAPERS HUNDREDS OF RUN EDITORIALS AGAINST HIM
More than 300 publications in the country published editorials promoting the freedom of the press and push back in Trump’s attack on the media. The Boston Globe’s piece, entitled “Journalists are not the enemy,” wrote that the replacement of “free media, with a state-run media” is the “first order of business for a corrupt regime to take over a country.”
“Today in the United States we have a president who has a mantra that the members of the media that is not blatantly support the policy of the current government in the US are the” enemy of the people,'” the editors wrote. “This is one of the many lies that are thrown away by this president is to much of an old charlatan threw “magic” dust or water on a hopeful crowd.”
The Globe editorial called for an end to President Trump’s continued attack on the #FreePress. Hundreds of publishers from all over the U.S. answered that call https://t.co/XpgjyrODMp pic.twitter.com/7lnSTlE6Sh
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) August 15, 2018
On Twitter that day, the president accused the newspaper of collusion.
“The Boston Globe, which was sold to the Failed New York Times for $ 1.3 BILLION (plus $ 800 million of losses and investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR. Now the whole World is in cooperation with other articles on free press. PROVE IT!” Trump tweeted on Aug. 16.
The Boston Globe, which was sold to the Failed New York Times for $ 1.3 BILLION (plus $ 800 million of losses and investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR. Now the whole World is in cooperation with other articles on free press. PROVE IT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
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