A man from California has been arrested after allegedly threatening to bomb and shoot the staff of The Boston Globe in retaliation for the newspaper's critical editorials about President Trump.
Robert Chain, 68, was arrested in Encino on Thursday after making threats in phone calls to the Massachusetts newspaper, which he described as "the enemy of the people," borrowing from Trump's unflattering descriptions of the press.
According to prosecutors, he called the newspaper after he yelled at other media on Aug. 10 to publish editorials on August 16 about Trump's combative relationship with what he calls the "mainstream media."
In the course of a week, Chain called employees 14 times threatening to kill them, the US Attorney's Office said.
Robert Chain made the threats to The Boston Globe on multiple phone calls over the course of a week after he called on other newspapers to publish coordinated anti-Trump editorials on August 16. Your photos are shown
On August 16, when the newspaper published his biting editorial on Trump as promised, Chain called again and threatened to be in the office to shoot the employees at 4pm.
On that call, he said: You're the enemy of the people and we're going to kill every one of you.
– Hey, why do not you call the F, why do not you call Mueller, maybe he can help you, buddy? There is still f **** t? All right, why are you going to track my call?
& # 39; What are you going to do motherf *****? You will not do s *** I will shoot you in the head of f ****** later today. 4:00. Goodbye, "he said.
On another call, he said: Hey, how do you smell today? Nice and fresh? Let's shoot you motherf ****** in the head, you Boston Globe c ****** ers. Shoot each one of you, one of you.
The specific threat caused the Boston police to stand guard outside the office in the afternoon.
Chain is scheduled to appear in court in Encino on Thursday afternoon before being extradited to Boston to face charges.
US attorney Andrew Lelling said Thursday: "Anyone, regardless of political affiliation, who fears others for their lives will be prosecuted by this office.
"At a time of increasing political polarization, and amidst the growing incidence of mass shootings, members of the public must watch their own political rhetoric, or we will do it."
Chain has no criminal record. The records indicate that you have two businesses: one is an investment company. It is not clear if any is functional or successful.
He and his wife Betty filed for bankruptcy twice in the past.