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Death threats prompt anti-Trump pundit Erick Erickson to enlist bodyguards

Conservative talk-radio host Erick Erickson says he has hired 24-hour security for his home after receiving death threats for his criticism of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
Conservative talk-radio host Erick Erickson says he has hired 24-hour security for his home after receiving death threats for his criticism of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. jvorhees@macon.com

Conservative talk-radio host Erick Erickson says his anti-Donald Trump sentiments have generated deaths threats in recent weeks and led him to post around-the-clock security guards at his north Macon home.

The threats, he said, include words from his detractors who’ve voiced intentions “to come shut me down violently.”

One man, Erickson said, threatened “to cut out my tongue and kill my wife and kids.”

Last month, Erickson, a former Macon city councilman, made news when, in widely publicized remarks, he declared he would never vote for Trump, the Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination.

Erickson thinks his on-air talk of “forming a third party should (Trump) be the Republican nominee” has further triggered the threats.

Erickson told The Telegraph on Friday that most claims of harming him and his family have come in the form of voicemail or calls to his radio show, which is broadcast weeknights on Atlanta’s WSB-AM.

“It really has been crazy,” the 40-year-old Erickson said.

Security guards, he said, provided by station management, have been posted at his house since late last week and have also traveled with him.

Erickson deemed the threats “aggravating. ... I’ve never had to do this before.”

“A number of Trump supporters have been calling into my radio station, emailing and whatnot, making a number of threats, and they just escalated over the past several weeks to be death threats and putting my home address on the Internet,” he told The Telegraph.

One caller, Erickson said, claimed he was going to “shoot me as I entered or exited my radio station.”

Erickson spoke out against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney four years ago, but he says his words never inspired death threats.

“Threatening to kill people because you disagree with their political views is more Third World banana republic than American,” Erickson said.

“I get called a lot of terrible things. ... It’s a completely different thing to get play-by-play on how they’re going to kill me and my family.”

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