Source: CNN (Link)
At the sentencing hearing, Lemke’s defense attorney Julia Gatto, of the Manhattan federal defenders’ office, acknowledged the “hateful, horrible, traumatizing, terrorizing” nature of the threats.
But she portrayed him as a man “drowning” in disinformation peddled by people he trusted. She said Lemke fell down a “social media rabbit hole” and suggested that he succumbed to “escalating rhetoric” from lawmakers and newscasters.
Rhetoric from “as high as President Trump,” the judge interjected.
“As high as President Trump,” Gatto affirmed.
You don’t get to manufacture your own facts.