A man wanted to ‘gun down’ CNN. Would Trump have been to blame? | Lucia Graves

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The president has repeatedly attacked the media, singling out CNN for its supposed ‘fake news’ coverage. Might that be inspiring violence?

On Christmas Eve, Donald Trump retweeted a doctored image of himself smiling on the phone with a bloodlike splatter on the underside of his shoe. Upon close inspection, the splatter revealed itself to be the CNN logo.

The following month, CNN headquarters received nearly two dozen threatening phone calls that began with talk of “fake news” and ended in threats of mass violence, according to federal documents.

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