As the president of the United States ratchets up hate for the media at an ever increasing rate, it appears as if his rhetoric may be influencing many Americans to at least consider violence against the very people who ensure that our leaders are held accountable.
In fact, just this morning President Trump called the media ‘dangerous & sick,’ going as far as claiming that the media ‘can also cause war.’ Of course there are no examples of the media ever causing ‘war’ in the United States, but since when did facts really matter to this president, right?
Hours after Trump made this tweet, CNN’s Brian Stelter aired a clip from C-SPAN where, on Friday, a caller actually threatened, on a live broadcast, to shoot both Stelter his CNN colleague Don Lemon, who Trump viciously attacked Friday night in another tweet.
In the video, which can be seen below, the caller, named ‘Don,’ claimed that Stelter and Lemon were “calling Trump supporters all racists.” He then goes on to make the following threat:
“They don’t even know these Americans out here and they are calling us racists because we voted for Trump? Come on. Give me a break. They started the war. I see them, I’m going to shoot them.”
There are sick people out there, and not all the threats received by the media are a direct result of the president’s rhetoric, but when the president attacks the media almost daily, there is no denying the fact that his rhetoric is contributing to the atmosphere currently experienced by America’s free press.