Robert Chain, 68, of Encino, Calif., was charged with making death threats against the Boston Globe, allegedly calling the newspaper “the enemy of the people,” echoing language President Trump frequently uses to attack and undermine the press.
The FBI on Thursday arrested Chain and charged him with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce, according to a statement released by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Chain made the threats against The Boston Globe after the paper spearheaded a campaign with hundreds of other news organizations around the country to publish coordinated editorials condemning President Trump for his attacks against the press.
“To label the press ‘the enemy of the people’ is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries,” the Globe wrote in its editorial.
Court documents show that Chain began threatening The Globe right after it announced its plans for the coordinated editorials.
“You’re the enemy of the people, and we’re going to kill every f–king one of you,” Chain allegedly said, according to NBC News.
The DOJ alleges that Chain threatened to travel to The Globe’s newsroom and shoot employees.
He is also accused of making 14 threatening phone calls between Aug. 10 and Aug. 22 — ones in which he referred to the newspaper as “the enemy of the people.”
NBC News: According to the criminal complaint Chain threatened to travel to The Boston Globe and kill newspaper employees.
Here's what the FBI says is a transcript of one of his recorded calls: pic.twitter.com/XDNu2rDTSE
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) August 30, 2018
“We are grateful to the FBI, the US Attorney’s Office, the Boston Police, and local authorities in California for the work they did in protecting the Globe while threats were coming in, for investigating the source, and for making this arrest. We couldn’t have asked for a stronger response,” Jane Bowman, vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships, said in a statement to The Hill.
“While it was unsettling for many of our staffers to be threatened in such a way, nobody – really, nobody – let it get in the way of the important work of this institution.”