A CNN anchor just fired back at Trump’s latest media attack with a powerful response

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The disturbing consequences of President Trump’s ever-escalating war against our free press were made very clear on Sunday when CNN reporter Brian Stelter aired clips of a C-SPAN caller threatening to shoot him and fellow anchor Don Lemon.

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The mysterious caller, “Don,” accused the anchors of smearing them as “racists” and swore to shoot them on sight.

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“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.”

While death threats against anyone that threatens the right-wing agenda, be they highschool kids who protest gun violence, women who spoke out about the President’s sexual assaults, or reporters who cover the president’s interminable scandals, are now a disturbingly common occurence, Stelter noted that the frequency of threats had increased dramatically in recent days.

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On top of that, he shared a clip of MSNBC’s Katy Tur sharing some of the emails that she and her female colleagues recieve from angry right-wingers: “I hope you get raped and killed.”

“And in case you want to argue that this has nothing to do with the president, the most recent note I got ended with ‘MAGA” said a grim Tur.

Stelter’s message to the world came just hours after Trump attacked the media again in a disturbing early morning tweet, accusing them of “causing war” and of being “dangerous and sick.”

With the president repeatedly firing out this kind of rhetoric, it’s only a matter of time before violence against the media occurs — and Trump will bear responsibility for it.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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