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California man was arrested by the FBI for allegedly making
threatening phone calls to The Boston Globe in which he echoed
President Donald Trump.

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  • The FBI on Thursday said it had arrested Robert D.
    Chain, 68, of Encino, California.
  • Federal officials say Chain threatened to kill
    employees of The Boston Globe in a number of phone
    calls.
  • Chain referred to the press as the “enemy of the
    people” in his phone calls, echoing a phrase frequently used by
    President Donald Trump.
  • In early August, experts at the United Nations warned
    Trump’s attacks against the press “increase the risk of
    journalists being targeted with violence.”

The FBI on Thursday said it had arrested a Robert D.
Chain, 68, of Encino, California. Federal officials say he
threatened to kill employees of The Boston Globe in several phone
calls in 
which he echoed the anti-media
rhetoric of President Donald Trump.

Chain, who the FBI said made 14 threatening phone calls to
the Globe in August, was charged with one count of making
threatening communications in interstate commerce,
the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts
said
.

He faces up to five years in prison, one year of
supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. 

‘I’m going to shoot you’

You’re the enemy of the people, and we’re going to kill
every f—ing one of you,” Chain said in one of the phone calls,
according to court documents. “Hey, why don’t you call the F, why
don’t you call Mueller, maybe he can help you out buddy. … I’m
going to shoot you in the f—ing head later today, at 4
o’clock.”

Trump has routinely referred to the press as the “enemy of
the people,” a phrase he used as recently as Thursday in a tweet.
He has said he believes only “FAKE NEWS,” not the entire media,
is the “enemy of the American people.” Trump said he feels a
“large percentage” of the press qualifies as “FAKE
NEWS.”

 

Chain’s phone calls reportedly began soon after The Boston
Globe on August 10 announced it was calling on editorial boards
at newspapers to engage in a “coordinated response” against
Trump’s reference to the press as an “enemy.”

“We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the
dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask
others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same
date,”
The Globe said at the time
. Hundreds of newspapers ultimately
answered the Boston newspaper’s call. 

Trump has been broadly criticized for his “enemy of the people”
rhetoric.

In early August, experts at the United Nations warned Trump’s
attacks against the press
increase the risk of journalists being targeted with
violence.”

‘Today’s arrest of Robert Chain should serve as a warning
to others’

Harold H. Shaw, the special agent in charge of the FBI
investigation in Boston, said in a statement that
“everyone 

has a right to express their opinion,
but threatening to kill people, takes it over the line and will
not be tolerated.”

“Today’s arrest of Robert Chain should serve a warning to
others, that making threats is not a prank, it’s a federal
crime,” Shaw added. 

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