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CNN hosts were threatened by man falsely insisting Trump won in 2020: ‘Triggered over and over again by accurate news’

“As he admitted in court on Monday, he thought he was a part of something bigger, a crusade to keep Trump in power,” Stelter wrote. “The Big Lie led him to threaten brothers, and mothers, and fathers, and even kids.”

As Donald Trump began contesting the presidential election results in November 2020, CNN’s chief media correspondent, Brian Stelter, received a text from a man describing Stelter’s mother’s home, “implying he was there,” The Washington Post reports.

It wasn’t the only threatening message Stelter said he received from the man. The “Reliable Sources” host also got a voice mail telling him to “stop digging” and a text with a photo of his father’s grave. Stelter detailed the threats Monday night after testifying at the sentencing hearing for Robert Lemke, a California man who federal investigators say threatened about 50 people over their truthful “statements expressing that then-President Trump had lost the 2020 presidential election.”

On Monday, Lemke, 36, from Bay Point, Calif., was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty in October to threatening an unspecified journalist’s New York-based family. His attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the sentence.

“After the election, I was caught in a firestorm of rhetoric and emotions,” he added. “I chose words that placed people in fear. If I could go back, I would change those words, and take more time to properly present my thoughts and intentions.”

Stelter wrote on CNN.com after the hearing that it was “clear from the evidence that Lemke was triggered over and over again by accurate news reports about Trump losing.”

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