Just one minute after the Time Warner Center in New York — where CNN’s offices are located — was evacuated due to a bomb threat, President Donald Trump issued another tweet proclaiming so-called fake news “the enemy of the people.”
“FAKE NEWS - THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” Trump tweeted at 10:08 p.m. ET, repeating an anti-media message he has pushed—and been criticized for—several times previously.
The New York Police Department said in a statement that at around 10:07 p.m., a bomb threat was made against the Time Warner Center.
After a full evacuation and thorough search, authorities determined the building was clear of any threats.
Particularly after Cesar Sayoc’s alleged attempts to mail pipe bombs to various individuals Trump perceives as adversaries — including Hillary Clinton, billionaire progressive donor George Soros, and CNN’s headquarters — critics of Trump’s anti-media rhetoric are increasingly concerned the president’s words will translate to real-world harm.
Newsweek noted two more incidents as well:
In August, New York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel received a voice message from an individual who referred to him as an "enemy of the people," the same language used by Trump, and threatened the journalist with an AK-47.
That same month, police took into custody a California man after he allegedly made threats against Boston Globe journalists in which he also referred to them as the “enemy of the people” and said he would “kill every fucking one of you.”
But Trump refused to back down in his war against the American press; in fact, he responded to critics in August with defiant, angry tweets.
“The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE,” he tweeted in August.
“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!”