“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.”
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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