- Robert Chain was arrested in Encino on Thursday over the apparent threats
- He is said to have called the newspaper after it published a scathing anti-Trump editorial on August 16
- Chain called the newspaper the true ‘enemy of the people’, borrowing from Trump’s description of the press
- He will appear in court on Thursday afternoon then will be extradited to Massachusetts
- Chain owns multiple weapons including a 9mm carbine rifle he bought in May
Robert Chain, 68, was arrested in Encino on Thursday after making the 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 it made a rally cry to other outlets on August 10 to publish editorials on August 16 about Trump’s combative relationship with what he calls the ‘mainstream media’.
Over the course of a week, Chain called employees 14 times threatening to kill them, the US Attorney’s Office said.
Chain owns multiple weapons including a 9mm carbine rifle he bought in May.
On August 16, when the newspaper published its scathing editorial of Trump as promised, Chain called up again and threatened to be at the office to shoot employees at 4pm.
In that call, he said: ‘You’re the f****** enemy of the people and we’re going to kill every f****** one of you.
‘Hey, why don’t you call the F, why don’t you call Mueller, maybe he can help you out buddy. Still there f****t? Alright, why, you going to trace my call?
‘What are you going to do motherf*****? You ain’t going to do s***. I’m going to shoot you in the f****** head later today. 4 o’clock. Goodbye,’ he said.
In another call, he said: ‘Hey, how’s your p***y smell today? Nice and fresh? We are going to shoot you motherf****** in the head, you Boston Globe c******ers. Shoot every f****** one of you.’
The specific threat prompted police in Boston to stand guard outside the office for the afternoon. The Globe also hired its own security when the threatening calls began.
On August 22, he called from a different number and said he wanted to get in touch ‘because you are the enemy of the people and I want you to go f*** yourself.’
‘As long as you keep attacking the President, the duly elected President of the United States, in the continuation of your treasonous and seditious acts, I will continue to threat, harass and annoy the Boston Globe, owned by the New York Times, the other fake news,’ he said.