Bret Stephens Doubles Down on Stunning NYT Column: ‘Mr. President, The Blood Will Be on Your Hands’
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens is warning the White House it’ll be President Donald Trump‘s fault if his anti-media rhetoric prompts a supporter of his to assault a journalist someday.
Stephens spoke to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Monday about a column he wrote in response to a Trump backer who recently called him and threatened him with death. As part of this discussion, Stephens brought up the recent shooting in Annapolis where 5 Capital Gazette staffers were killed in their newsroom.
The columnist acknowledged that the shooting didn’t seem politically-motivated, but still, he’s taking it as a sign that America is getting closer to the day where one of Trump’s supporters will go on to attack journalists under the misguided notion that they’re “taking directions from the president and acting in the best interests of the American people.”
“Someone like that is going to do that in a major American newsroom,” Stephens said. “When that happens, Mr. President, the blood will be on your hands.”
As Wallace noted how often journalists receive threats that echo Trump’s talking points, she asked her panel “why do we have to wait” instead of taking action now before Trump’s rhetoric has a chance to get anyone hurt.
Stephens’ comments came in as C-SPAN announced that they contacted the FBI over a caller who threatened to kill CNN’s Brian Stelter and Don Lemon. Earlier this year, a man was arrested after repeatedly threatening to go on a shooting rampage at CNN’s main building in Atlanta.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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