Trump Supporter Tried to Cause Reporter to Have Epileptic Seizure After He Dug Into Trump’s Past
A Donald Trump supporter responded to some investigative reporting into the candidate by emailing the journalist responsible a video intended to trigger an epileptic seizure.
“The deplorables are real. The deplorables are dangerous,” Newsweek‘s Kurt Eichenwald writes.
Over the past few months Eichenwald has been responsible for some of the most remarkable and penetrating reporting into Trump’s business exploits. His work recently includes a comprehensive report of Trump’s ruinous record of terrible decisions tanking his ventures and another exposing how the mogul’s international business ties could imperil U.S. national security if he were elected.
Writing in Newsweek Friday, Eichenwald describes the way Trump fans have responded to his investigations:
Because I have written critically about Trump, I have received innumerable death threats, sometimes just general invocations that I should die, sometimes more specific threats that I should be shot or “lynched,” as one Trump fan wrote. I have been called “kike,” “Jew” and “anti-American Zionist,” even though I’m Episcopalian with a Jewish father (as if that makes a difference). I have received video cartoons that look like they are from Nazi Germany of hook-nosed men dressed in Jewish garb rubbing their hands greedily over piles of money. I have been told to go back where I came from, whatever that means. I have been called “fag,” “pedo,” and once—in an email that made no sense—“n[****]r-lover.” One Trump fan mentioned he knew which schools my children attended, and correctly named them. Topping it off, some Trump fans have even gone after one of my sons online, although he knew enough to immediately block them.
And then there was the Twitter user named “Mike’s Deplorable AF” that sent Eichenwald, who is openly epileptic, a video featuring flashing strobes via a tweet.
Eichenwald’s article includes several additional stories of journalists being threatened and harassed by Trump supporters and is worth reading in full here.
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Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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