A Michigan man was arrested after he allegedly placed 22 threatening phone calls to CNN headquarters, saying the network was “fake news” and that he was “coming to Georgia right now” to shoot and kill CNN employees, WGCL-TV reported Monday.
The FBI launched an investigation after the unnamed man reportedly placed the calls to CNN about a week ago.
“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down,” the man told a CNN operator, according to court documents.
“I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours,” he said in a subsequent call to CNN.
“I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f—ing gun every single last one of you,” he said.
The FBI traced the call and arrested the man.
President Trump has repeatedly used the term “fake news” to attack the media and has been especially hostile toward CNN.
Last month, Trump tweeted an image depicting CNN’s blood on the sole of his shoe.
In November he attacked CNN in a tweet, writing: “[email protected] is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
CNN fired back: “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S to the world,” the network’s public relations team tweeted. “That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst.”
Trump awarded the network with a “Fake News Award” last week.
The Hill notes:
Trump also retweeted out an edited GIF of him wrestling a man with the CNN logo superimposed on his head, as well as an image of him with what appeared to the CNN logo in a splatter of blood on the bottom of his shoe.
Journalists have criticized Trump’s attacks on the media, and warning that him lashing out against the press could lead to actual acts of violence against reporters.