Federal authorities have arrested a 19-year-old Michigan man, Brandon Griesemer, after he made 22 phone calls in January to CNN’s Atlanta offices and in four of them, threatened to “gun you all down.” Don Lemon thinks it’s President Trump’s fault.
That’s because in his manic ramblings, Griesemer used the term “fake news,” giving Lemon all the evidence he needs to connect the threat to the president. You know, because no crazy person has ever had murderous thoughts in the history of man before Donald Trump. Not to mention Lemon giving Trump all the credit for coming up with the term “fake news,” as if no one had ever put those words together before 2016.
“There’s nothing random about this, nothing,” Lemon said dramatically in his monologue. “This is what happens when the president of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly attacks members of the press simply for reporting facts he does not like.”
Lemon then showed a tweet since the alleged threats from the president again calling CNN “fake news.” Lemon then addressed Trump directly:
“I’ve heard from a number of very credible sources from within the White House that you watch this show. You deny it all the time, but then you say something disparaging about me. And the only way you would know that is if you saw the show. So, Mr. President, I’m going to speak directly to you: We are not the enemy. We are not trying to silence you. It is the job of the free press to report the facts… So, when you make that baseless and incendiary charge, be aware that people are listening to you, some very dangerous people… The caller who threatened to kill CNN employees made his threat using these words: ‘Fake news.’ … I wonder where he got that, those words?”
Lemon continued his condemnation by bringing up Trump’s tweets of him fake wrestling the CNN logo and political cartoons of CNN losing the battle to stop the “Trump Train.”
“What grade are you in?” Lemon chided. “People take that message seriously. And if one of us is hurt, and God forbid something else, in some way or another, because you either don’t understand the power of your words and/or you don’t care, it won’t be a fake injury or sadly, a fake death, it’ll be real.”
“And how will you answer those questions, then, not only from journalists, but from our loved ones? Because you’re going to have to do it. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen. Let’s hope you see the error of your ways, as well.”
Donny has the script all figured out, doesn’t he? One thing he’s not worried about, as evidenced in this lengthy pre-indictment, is spreading fake news.