Domestic Terrorism

“Enemy of the People”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Donald Trump has declared that the free press is the "enemy of the people" and a California man has now been charged and arrested by the FBI for saying the same thing when he threatened to kill employees of the Boston Globe newspaper.

A man from Encino, California, who apparently wasn't bright enough to use a pay phone or burner phone, is set to be extradited to Massachusetts after placing over a dozen threatening phone calls to the Globe.

From the Department of Justice:

Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, California, is charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. Chain will appear in federal court in Los Angeles this afternoon and be transferred to Boston at a later date. [...]

On Aug. 10, 2018, the Boston Globe announced that it was requesting that other newspaper publications around the country publish a coordinated editorial response to political attacks on the media. The coordinated editorial response was to be published on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

According to court documents, immediately following the announcement, Chain began making threatening calls to the Boston Globe’s newsroom. In the calls, Chain referred to the Globe as “the enemy of the people” and threatened to kill newspaper employees. In total, it is alleged that Chain made approximately 14 threatening phone calls to the Globe between August 10 and 22, 2018.

According to transcripts of the phone calls, Chain referred to Globe employees as "faggots" and said he was going to shoot them "in the head." Chain even gave the Globe a timetable, saying he would shoot them "at 5 o'clock."

He obviously didn't do that because he was in California, but the next time this happens it could come from someone much closer who could actually carry out their threats.

If we actually had explicit federal statutes for domestic terrorism, I believe this would qualify.

  • Aynwrong

    This was inevitable. With Trump constantly railing about the “Fake News” and an actual fake news channel droning on about how the Dear Leader’s ego isn’t being properly coddled it was inevitable that one of the dimmer bulbs of our fair society would desire to vent his rage in a violent way.

    We’re lucky he was detected and stopped. Let’s hope that luck holds.

  • Badgerite

    It starts with Muslims and Latino immigrants. Moves on to the press and anyone in law enforcement who tries to enforce the law on trump and his family and associates. Where exactly does it end?

  • And so it begins….

  • muselet

    Clearly, Robert Chain ain’t quite right in the head.

    However, without Donald Trump’s constant yammering about Fake News!, Chain would likely have spent his days hate-watching TV news and posting comments on Righty websites about the librul media!, not making openly threatening phone calls.

    I’m not overly concerned about Robert Chain, who comes across as a bog standard Righty blowhard (which does not mean he shouldn’t be tried for making threats). I am concerned about the next person (or the one after that) who will take Trump’s words to heart and actually go hunting for reporters.

    If that happens, Trump will have blood on his hands. I wonder if his lawyers will be able to keep him from boasting about it.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    When pumpkinhead was hot on banning refugees I saw tons of supporters for it saying “If 10 M&M’s in a bowl of 100 were poisoned would you let your kids eat from the bowl? No? Same thing with Muslim refugees that could be terrorists.” As ridiculous as that comparison is at face value can we turn that around and apply it trumpers? Will they even appreciate the comparison?

    Yeah, I don’t think they will either.

    • Here’s the metaphor. America is a bowl of M&Ms with about 40% being Trumpturds because he sh*ts on the 60% of us that hate him, but he tells us that it’s not sh*t, it’s the best ever, the most delicious chocolate made at Mar A Lago. Would you want to eat out of that bowl?