Capital Gazette Blames Trump For Mass Shooting

The newspaper where five people were murdered said they've been getting death threats, and blamed President Trump.

Annapolis, MD – The Capital Gazette newspaper published an editorial in their Sunday edition that said the paper has been receiving death threats in the wake of the tragic shootings at their offices, and blamed President Donald Trump.

The column began with words of tribute from Annapolis-based newspaper about their murdered colleagues, and thanked the community that has supported the publication so well in the aftermath of the tragedy.

But then the writing turned very dark, as the Capital Gazette revealed that their publication had also received death threats in the wake of the mass shooting committed at their offices on Thursday.

“Here’s what else we won’t forget: Death threats and emails from people we don’t know celebrating our loss, or the people who called for one of our reporters to get fired because she got angry and cursed on national television after witnessing her friends getting shot,” the unsigned column read.

“We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people,” the newspaper said. “No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do.”

They were referencing a tweet by President Trump on Feb. 17, 2017, and in doing so, attempted to squarely lay the blame for the active shooter incident at the Capital Gazette, and the threats that ensued, on the President.

A 38-year-old gunman with a personal “vendetta” against the newspaper killed five staff members, and wounded two more, in what police called a “targeted attack” on their newsroom on June 28.

Armed with a 12-guage pump-action shotgun and smoke grenades, 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos barged into the Capital Gazette building on June 28 and shot his way into the newsroom, The Baltimore Sun reported.

"I'll tell you this, the fellow was there to kill as many people as he could," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said during the agency's press conference on Friday morning.

Ramos refused to cooperate with police after he was captured. He was successfully identified using facial recognition software.

During a Thursday night press conference, Ann Arundel County police officials said that Ramos had a “long running feud” with the Capital Gazette, and that he had made threats on social media “indicating violence” prior to the attack, the New York Post reported.

“You just f--ked with the wrong person,” Ramos tweeted to the Capital Gazette in 2013, according to the New York Post. “You have awakened a sleeping giant f--ker.”

The feud may have begun in July of 2011, after the newspaper published an article about a criminal harassment charge that was pending against Ramos, The Baltimore Sun reported.

According to the article, Ramos had attempted to initiate a relationship with a woman he knew in high school by sending her a Facebook friend request.

During the “yearlong nightmare” that ensued, Ramos allegedly told the woman to kill herself and called her vulgar names. Then he tried to get her fired from her job by emailing the bank where she worked.

Ramos eventually pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense and was placed on probation.

He sued the Capital Gazette for defamation in 2012, according to the Capital Gazette.

The news outlet’s former editor and publisher, Thomas Marquardt, said that Ramos harassed the paper and its employees “for years.”

“I was seriously concerned he would threaten us with physical violence,” Marquardt recalled. “I even told my wife, ‘We have to be concerned. This guy could really hurt us.’”

Marquardt said he reported Ramos’ threats to police in 2013 and that he considered filing a restraining order him, but ultimately did not.

The newspaper ultimately opted to not pursue criminal charges either, because they feared it would further enrage Ramos, Chief Altomare said on Friday.

“I remember telling our attorneys, 'This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us,’” Marquardt told The Baltimore Sun.

After the court dismissed Ramos’ lawsuit in 2013, he appealed to the higher court, the Capital Gazette reported.

In 2015, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling.

“A lawyer would almost certainly have told him not to proceed with this case," the court noted, according to the Capital Gazette. "It reveals a fundamental failure to understand what defamation law is and, more particularly, what defamation law is not."

“F--k you, leave me alone,” Ramos tweeted one day after the ruling, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Comments (51)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Well, he does consider the media a bigger threat to America than Kim Jong-Un or Vladimir Putin. Threats to media lie squarely in his court.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

That's retarded.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

HCD...Your stupidity and ignorance never cease to amaze me. Media has been caught up in lies and omissions for months before and after Trump became President. It's obvious the Dems/Lefties are idiots and continue to blame Trump for the worlds problems. You're an idiot...........most believe that for sure.

cardenangel
cardenangel

When people grow up enough to listen they are going to realize President Trump is not, nor has he ever said "all the media is bad"!! What this President does....and wisely......is he calls out the FAKE NEWS. As a former journalist I can tell you for sure ....there really is fake news out there. When any form of the media or the owner/owners thereof, decides they want to tell the American people HOW to think so they can get their way about "anything" they simply do it by slanting everything they write or report in the direction they want your thoughts to go. The media has been leading the public around by the nose for generations simply because they can. They know people do not have the hours in a day to research what they are being told and they also know most would not even if they did have the time. Research is boring!!!!! So much easier to let the daily news tell you what to think and how to react to it. If any form of media out there is in any kind of danger it is quite probably because with this last election they (the media) started to show their true colors. When this occurred and continued to occur, Americans started to wake up as they realized just how ridiculous what they were seeing and hearing really was. As they woke up, they also started to realized how they had been led by the nose and this created a lasting anger toward the media!! President Trump did not cause this problem. But I am sure the liberal media will try to blame him for that just as they have everything since he was elected. A long look in the mirror will give reflection to the real overly divisive culprits causing this problem and until that happens they can blame anyone they want. They can play their blame game because in reality we now know the truth!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@cardenangel Perfect, you were in media so you've seen things I haven't. What do you think of Sinclair Media as a whole? Is that who you're referring to when you say owners want to tell the American people how to think?

Also, I may be interpreting Trump wrong. What did he mean when he said the media was America's biggest threat, after his meeting with a dictator capable of nuclear weapons?

These are honest questions. I don't think I've ever come across anyone that actually worked in media before now, and I'm very curious.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

20 years from now I hope, once they finally acknowledge Trump is the greatest president in history these Never Trumpers feel pretty dumb. They'll still be in denial though.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@HCD_is_my_bitch I will say Trumpito is fully bringing it down on his supporters in farm and steel towns. He's doing a more effective job than any president before him in wiping out any chance they have to retire anytime soon.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

He's not perfect, but he's doing a lot of good that needs to be done. Not everyone will be happy. We can't be the world's piggy bank forever.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Hillary would have won they wouldn't have a farm to go to nor steel to deal with, once the North Korean nukes launched.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@HCD_is_my_bitch

  1. no one is talking about Clinton, she lost.
  2. being the "world's piggy bank" has nothing to do with trade wars. and it's one thing if he wants to "own libs" but he is actively destroying farm earnings and companies that rely on steel (construction, HVAC, motor vehicles, etc)
  3. North Korea is advancing their nuclear technology as we speak; Kim never had any intentions on disarming. The smart military move would be to feign cooperation with the US while hoping China's rise to the most powerful nation in the world means they will be protected from outside aggression.
HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Other people are getting the picture more by the day.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

How can you possibly know what North Korea is up to at this very moment?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@HCD_is_my_bitch Because we've been through this before with every president for the last 3 or so decades. It's North Korea's mission objective.

Also, here's a report about North Korea. If my former intel job in the Navy doesn't convince you that I know what I'm talking about, I chose a news source you would trust.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

China is dealing with inflation, and won't be the big economic monster we once thought. If NK decides to renege on the deal more sanctions on the way.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Trump isn't by any means anything like any president before him.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

I believe nothing you say about the Navy. Anyone can say anything, and a troll like yourself does just that.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@HCD_is_my_bitch I know you don't believe me. That's why I linked a Fox News article. I figured you'd believe that.

Anyway, I see where this is going. Have fun.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

I've seen that article. Time will tell. You can't go from being a troll to trying to hold a serious discussion. In my eyes and lots others I'm sure, you're full of shit with everything you say. You're a bigger liar than fat Kim.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Hence my screen name.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

I suppose Trump could have just forked over billions in cash like Obama did. That seemed to solve everything.......

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@HCD_is_my_bitch the screen name is because you're not smart or controversial enough on your own, so you refer to me.

And I hold serious conversations all the time. I always know when someone like you doesn't have an answer, because you can always rely on calling me a troll. It's kinda like when someone mentions Trump's trade war, your reaction was to bring up Clinton. She's a ready-made distraction to any valid critique toward Trump. I mean, you even mentioned him when I was talking about Kim.

It's alright though. I'll share my information with the few on here that can actually respond or defend without personal attack.

Fat Kimmie
Fat Kimmie

Anyone say Kim?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@HCD_is_my_bitch If you've seen the article I posted, do you care to address it? Or addressing the trade wars that are sinking thousands of Trump supporters? None of you can ever give a straight answer to those kinds of questions.

yelyana
yelyana

So, the Capital Gazette blames this on the President. Hmm...this is a feud that has been on going between the paper and the perpetrator since 2012. Don't think Trump was President then. Oh, wait, we are dealing with liberal logic.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@Hi_estComnDenom, the only one who thinks you hold serious conversations all the time is yourself. Most of the stuff you hold is BuIIshit remarks, supported with half truths and innuendo you come up with from partisan sources. Then, when confronted with facts, you ignore them or actually contort their meaning to say something that was never intended or said. The only think you are ever consistent with is your Progressive BuIIshit excuses and your Racist / Bigoted remarks.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SoberProgressive have you followed me to this article to link the sources I asked for earlier? Or to respond to any argument I've made here? Anything at all of significance?

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

I'm wrong, I'm sorry for being a dumb prick.

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

Nobody has seen the article you posted because no one cares about your rants. Now go resize your aluminum foil hat it seems to not cover your entire head.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

When I was in the Navy I let all the Seaman bend me over.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

By engage I mean stick things up my rear. My Sailor name on the back of my pants read Seaman Dick.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn (replying to comment where you say that threats to the media are to be blamed on Trump) 1) This media outlet was threatened by this shooter over 6-7 yrs ago and they plainly say that they expected him to do what he did. Trump wasn't in the national political spotlight as of yet 2) The reason he says that the media is the biggest threat to national security, and we should preface that to be the fake media (using his term), is that the media holds the position to be the biggest aggregators of information. That is a huge responsibility. If that power is abused (as he is saying it is), the nation would definitely be at risk.

Arnett_Les1
Arnett_Les1

Really "Every President for the last 3 or so decades." You say! LMBO Not one President until Trump had the Bras Balls to go face to face with a NC leader! When in your crazy little head or world of your own did they meet in super secret in the "CONE of. SILENCE"? Please explain to the masses since you seem to have all the knowledge. 😉

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Arnett_Les1 And all he and his brass balls got from that meeting was a cancelled Naval exercise, NK expanding their nuclear capacity instead of disarming, no remains returned that he was promised, and giving Kim a fabulous photo-op to push to his citizens to show him as a legitimate world leader.

Am i mistaken in thinking this went terribly for us?

Arnett_Les1
Arnett_Les1

Since your in the know with Kim how was his last bowel movement? Did you wipe him? I am just wondering since you seem to know everything about him and what he is doing. I will admit we gave him no Naval Games, but you have to give some.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder if the media blamed Obama for his anti-police rhetoric when his comments led to the death of innocent police officers?

Mic911
Mic911

Sounds like the CG is blaming the wrong person for something they started years ago. Why not blame Obozo as well, after all he was POTUS for 8 of those years? You can't blame Trump he didn't pull the trigger, it was a feud between the newspaper and Ramos. The big wigs in the Ivory tower at the CG had their oppurtunity to press charges, they blew it, so who's fault is that? Not Trump it is all on them!! Everyone now days wants to put the blame on someone else other than themselves or who really is responsible. Such BS, no wonder our country is the way it is!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Arnett_Les1 Alright, well if we have to give some, what did we get from NK?

Everything i just said was in the news. Don't result to personal attacks just because I'm telling you information that's already out there.

Trashman67
Trashman67

Of course they blame Trump. Liberals will never accept responsibility for bad things happening to them. It's always someone else's fault. Even though this story apparently began in 2011 it's Trumps fault. The sun rose today and that's Trumps fault. The moon came out from behind the clouds and that's Trumps fault. Liberal wienies hurt their little peepees masturbating to pictures of drag queens and that's Trumps fault. HCD took it up the ass in the Navy and that's Trumps fault.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10 I don't understand your first point. What does Trump not being in the political field in 2012 have to do with this guy's attack last week?

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Well at least they didn't blame the NRA, but I imagine that's because the shooter used a shotgun and not an AR 15, then it would have been the Gun's, the NRA, Mine and You All's fault, but not any of the assholes at the Gazette, especially since They refused to file criminal charges against Ramos back in 2013, Nope, none of the culpability lies with anyone at the capital gazette!

lovepatsy
lovepatsy

The dispute started in 2011 but it's Trumps fault??!!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lovepatsy In short, yes. It doesn't matter if the dispute started years ago. He shot people in 2018. Trump has continually called the media America's biggest threat. Even more so than his best friends Kim and Putin.

Now, regular-thinking people see his words as his regular schtick and think nothing of it. Unstable individuals like this can take a message like this and run with it, and this is the result.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

If youre still having trouble understanding the connection, think back to how some believe Obama is the reason for increased police fatalities. You say he is the cause, but police fatalities have been higher before, and even decreased during his time in office.

If one believes Obama's rhetoric is the cause of increased police death (statistically untrue), then it's not far-fetched for another to think Trump's rhetoric is behind this and other shootings.

LEO0301
LEO0301

www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_richard_baris/trump_s_first_year_accomplishments_compiled_in_shockingly_long_list https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/6/giving-trumps-accomplishments-their-due/

Katarina
Katarina
cardenangel
cardenangel said: When people grow up enough to listen they are going to realize President Trump is not, nor has he ever said "all the media is bad"!! What this President does....and wisely......is he calls out the FAKE NEWS. As a former journalist I can tell you for sure ....there really is fake news out there. When any form of the media or the owner/owners thereof, decides they want to tell the American people HOW to think so they can get their way about "anything" they simply do it by slanting everything they write or report in the direction they want your thoughts to go. The media has been leading the public around by the nose for generations simply because they can. They know people do not have the hours in a day to research what they are being told and they also know most would not even if they did have the time. Research is boring!!!!! So much easier to let the daily news tell you what to think and how to react to it. If any form of media out there is in any kind of danger it is quite probably because with this last election they (the media) started to show their true colors. When this occurred and continued to occur, Americans started to wake up as they realized just how ridiculous what they were seeing and hearing really was. As they woke up, they also started to realized how they had been led by the nose and this created a lasting anger toward the media!! President Trump did not cause this problem. But I am sure the liberal media will try to blame him for that just as they have everything since he was elected. A long look in the mirror will give reflection to the real overly divisive culprits causing this problem and until that happens they can blame anyone they want. They can play their blame game because in reality we now know the truth!!!

@cardenangel

Thank you for your honesty. Much of the media is repulsive with their obvious bias and at times outright lies. It is no longer journalism or news for many of these organizations, but blatant propaganda. The Capital Gazette is cashing in on this incident and using their own dead staff members for financial gain. I mourn the loss of life of these people, but their employer turns my stomach.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Let's review... Some crazy Democrat had a beef with the paper and gave serious grief to several employees over a substantial period of time. No one ever did anything about him even though they all suspected he would eventually kill them all. The paper didn't even bother to put in any security of any kind, not even a locked door. The Crazy Democrat just waltzed right in, took them all out with a pump shotgun (I'm sure it had a bayonet lug and pistol grip on it though). Yup... Trump did it. Dumbasses.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DocRyder why stop at labeling him a democrat?

You forgot white male in his 30s. FBI stats prove that is the most viable candidate for mass shootings. This guy just follows the trend.

But he was a good boy. He didn't do nuffin.

LEO0301
LEO0301

In all, 934 people have died in mass shootings over the past seven years, the USA TODAY analysis shows. In the 71 shootings that involved someone killing his or her family members, 376 victims died. Most of those killings occurred at home.

Between 2003 and 2011, 4,265 people were murdered in the city of Chicago. In 2012 alone, 512 people were murdered in the city.