Man made death threats af­ter Trump ed­i­to­ri­als: pros­e­cu­tors

The Niagara Falls Review - - Canada & World - ALANNA DURKIN RICHER

BOS­TON — A Cal­i­for­nia man up­set about the Bos­ton Globe’s co-or­di­nated ed­i­to­rial re­sponse to U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s at­tacks on the news me­dia was ar­rested Thurs­day for threat­en­ing to travel to the news­pa­per’s of­fices and kill jour­nal­ists.

Robert Chain called jour­nal­ists the “en­emy of the peo­ple,” fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said.

Pros­e­cu­tors say 68-year-old Chain’s threat­en­ing phone calls to the Globe’s news­room started im­me­di­ately af­ter the Globe led news­pa­pers across the coun­try in a co-or­di­nated con­dem­na­tion of Trump’s “dirty war against the free press.”

The day the ed­i­to­ri­als were pub­lished, Chain, of En­cino, told a Globe staffer he was go­ing to shoot em­ploy­ees in the head at four o’clock, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

That threat prompted a po­lice re­sponse and in­creased se­cu­rity at the news­pa­per’s of­fices.

Af­ter the ed­i­to­ri­als ran, au­thor­i­ties say Chain said he would con­tinue threat­en­ing the Globe, the New York Times and “other fake news” out­lets as long as they con­tinue their “trea­sonous and sedi­tious acts” in at­tack­ing Trump.

Sev­eral times, he called Globe em­ploy­ees the “en­emy of the peo­ple,” a char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of jour­nal­ists that Trump has used.

Pros­e­cu­tors say he was to ap­pear in Los Angeles’ fed­eral court and be trans­ferred to Bos­ton. He’s charged with mak­ing threat­en­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions in in­ter­state com­merce, which calls for up to five years in prison.

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