A California man was arrested Thursday for making violent threats to The Boston Globe, including threatening to shoot the newspaper’s employees and calling them the “enemy of the people.”
It was the clearest example yet of someone using President Donald Trump’s insults to target journalists.
Robert Chain of Encino, California, was charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce, according to the Department of Justice. Chain threatened Globe reporters after the newspaper called on other media organizations across the nation to rebuke Trump’s rhetoric toward the media.
Chain, 86, will appear in federal court in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon and will be transferred to Boston at a later date, the DOJ said.
More than 350 news outlets published editorials on Aug. 16, denouncing the president’s rhetoric toward the press.
Chain, who made about 14 threatening phone calls from Aug. 10 to Aug. 22, referred to the Globe as “the enemy of the people” and threatened to kill newspaper employees, the Justice Department said.