The caller, identified as “Don,” accused Stelter and Lemon of “calling Trump supporters all racists,” a claim Stelter immediately refuted.
“They don’t even know these Americans out here and they are calling us racists because we voted for Trump?” Don said in the call on Friday. “Come on. Give me a break. They started the war. I see them, I’m going to shoot them.”
Before airing the clip, Stelter noted that his colleagues and reporters at other networks receive similar threats, and noted that such calls and emails are “coming in more often” since Trump has decided he’s at war with the press.
“I’m not asking for sympathy, I don’t think I’m in extreme danger, I know some of my colleagues get much worse threats than I do,” Stelter said. “CNN has a great security team and we know how to handle this stuff.”
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The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
Stelter aired the clip just hours after Trump attacked the press again in a Sunday morning tweet, calling journalists “the enemy of the people,” and claimed that they “can also cause War!”
He also aired a clip of MSNBC’s Katy Tur saying that she and a couple of her female colleagues had received emails saying, “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,’ ” Tur said, referring to the acronym for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
Trump’s constant attacks on the media could lead to more violence against journalists, following a gunman’s shooting spree at a Maryland newspaper that killed five staff members.
As noted by The Hill, New York Times conservative columnist Bret Stephens noted that he has also received violent threats from people “whose views clearly align with Donald Trump’s.”
“We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands,” Stephens wrote.