Imagine If The Man Threatening To Kill CNN Employees Was Muslim

Brandon Griesemer told CNN he wanted to commit a mass shooting. He made similar violent threats to mosques. He is now a free man.

A Michigan man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot and kill employees working at CNN's office in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brandon Griesemer, 19, reportedly called the network 22 times.

He also made derogatory comments about African Americans and Jews.

It later emerged he had made similar violent threats to a mosque in Michigan.

His former high school classmate, Anthony Luongo, told the Chicago Tribune Griesemer had "this fascination with Nazism and a big idolatry of Adolf Hitler."

Yet, despite all of the information mentioned above, Griesemer is now a free man.

In fact, he was released the same day he was arrested on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Yes, he is white.

Now, imagine if he was Muslim. Would he have been arrested, charged and set free, all in one day?

While Griesemer's story has grabbed national headlines, no one is talking about his religion. It's not surprising because religion is only discussed if a mass shooting is committed by a Muslim shooter.

Also, despite the seriousness of Griesemer's threats, President Donald Trump, who is an avid Twitter user, hasn't uttered a word about the incident.


There is one possible explanation (apart from the fact that the 19-year-old is white and Trump, so far in his presidency, has almost always refrained from denouncing white perpetrators):

Griesemer referred to CNN as "fake news" before leaving the following threat on the call.

“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down,” he reportedly said on the phone. "I have a team of people. It's going to be great, man...You gotta get prepared for this one, buddy."

As you may well know, the term "fake news," unfortunately, has become an ideology unto itself — thanks to  President Trump.

In order to discredit news organizations who are critical of his chaotic presidency, Trump has frequently called networks like CNN "fake news." In fact, he has (falsely) taken credit of coining the term "fake news" multiple times. Also, Trump has publicly endorsed violence against CNN on at least two occasions.

Therefore, many believe Griesemer's actions were probably inspired by Trump, which is why the president has not shown any interest in condemning the man's actions.

Had he been a Muslim, not only Trump would have tweeted about it, he would also have used it to further his Islamophobic travel ban — as was seen in the case of the Parsons Green underground station bombing in London last September.

However, Griesemer didn't just managed to evade the president's wrath on Twitter but also escaped media scrutiny over his race and/or religion, all thanks to white privilege.

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