Add CNN to the long list of organizations, from mosques to synagogues and churches, currently being threatened by unhinged Americans.
The news network reportedly was called and threatened 22 times by a Michigan man, Brandon Griesemer, who said, among other things: “I’m coming to gun you all down.” Griesemer also is accused of using racial slurs against African Americans and making disparaging comments about Jews in his calls, and a former classmate told The Washington Post that Griesemer identified with Adolf Hitler and suggested “the Holocaust was exaggerated.”
Griesemer also recently made derogatory comments to a Michigan mosque over the phone, according to court documents filed by the FBI.
CNN long has been a whipping boy for President Donald Trump, who has called the network “fake news.” Griesemer allegedly used the term in several of his calls.
Despite the numerous violent threats to CNN, Griesemer swiftly was released on $10,000 bail and, as commentator Shaun King noted in The Intercept, he was “out of jail in time for dinner.”
As we examined in this story last year, violent threats by white men often aren’t taken as seriously as threats from people claiming to be Islamist extremists.
We got in touch with a man who identified himself as Griesemer’s brother, Justin. He messaged on Facebook: “My brother is a normal, stable individual. This should not get blown out of proportion.”
In a follow-up phone call, he wouldn’t answer most questions, but he denied his brother had any extreme or far-right views.
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