Trump’s rhetoric is putting journalists in serious danger. CNN’s Brian Stelter aired a clip of a C-SPAN caller threatening to kill him over the weekend.
On Sunday, CNN’s Brian Stelter showed his viewers what the real world implications are for Trump constantly calling the press “the enemy of the American people.” He played a clip of the kind of threats that journalists are now receiving, thanks to the president.
In the clip, a C-SPAN caller who identified himself as “Don” accused Stelter and Don Lemon of “calling Trump supporters all racists.” Stelter immediately refuted the claim. The caller then said that he was going to shoot the two CNN reporters.
“They don’t even know these Americans out here and they are calling us racists because we voted for Trump?” Don said in the call made to C-SPAN on Friday. “Come on. Give me a break. They started the war. I see them, I’m going to shoot them.”
Stelter explained that he and his colleagues are getting even worse threats than the one he aired. And Stelter said that the calls and emails are “coming in more often.”
“I’m not asking for sympathy. I don’t think I’m in extreme danger, I know some of my colleagues get much worse threats than I do,” Stelter said. “CNN has a great security team and we know how to handle this stuff.”
Just hours before Stelter aired the clip, Trump put out another tweet attacking the press – again calling them “the enemy of the people” and making the unbelievable claim that journalists cause war.
The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
Stelter also played a clip of MSNBC’s Katy Tur talking about the threats that she and her female colleagues have been getting. Tur said that they are getting emails saying, “I hope you get raped and killed.”
“And in case you want to argue that this has nothing to do with the president, the most recent note I got ended with ‘MAGA,’ ” Tur said.
On Friday, a conservative New York Times columnist also talked about receiving violent threats. Bret Stephens said that he’s getting threats from people “whose views clearly align with Donald Trump’s.”
“We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands,” Stephens wrote.