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California man charged with making violent, anti-trans threats against Merriam-Webster

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A California man has been arrested and charged with making anti-LGBTQ threats against dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.

Jeremy Hanson was arrested on Tuesday and accused with “interstate communication of threats to commit acts of violence,” according to the Department of Justice.

Last October, Hanson allegedly sent several messages to Merriam-Webster through her “Contact Us” page and in the comments section of her pages for the words “girl”, “woman” and “woman”.

According to the dictionary definition of “woman”, someone commented that it was “absolutely sickening” that the company was “telling blatant lies and promoting anti-science propaganda”, adding that there was ” no ‘gender identity’” and saying that the person who wrote that “should be hunted down and shot.”

Through the Contact Us page, the posts accused them of being “commies” and “part of left-wing corruption efforts,” included an anti-trans slur, and said company headquarters should to be “shot down and bombarded”.

“Hateful threats and intimidation have no place in our society,” U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins said in the Justice Department’s press release, condemning “threatening and despicable messages relating to the LGBTQ community that targeted to evoke fear and division”.

Investigators found “related threats” against the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, a New York rabbi and others.

Hanson will appear again in federal court later this month.

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