Anti-Trump Organizer Forced to Go to FBI After Online Anti-Semitic Abuse
An organizer for a prominent anti-Donald Trump petition has contacted the FBI after receiving a torrent of anti-Semitic abuse, reports Politico.
Andrew Weinstein is the organizer of a letter signed by 75 Republican politicians and party operatives urging RNC head Reince Priebus to abandon Trump and start funneling cash to down ticket races instead. “Given the catastrophic impact that Donald Trump’s losing presidential campaign will have on down-ballot Senate and House races, we urge you to immediately suspend all discretionary RNC support for Trump and focus the entirety of the RNC’s available resources on preserving the GOP’s congressional majorities,” they write.
But because of Weinstein’s opposition to Trump, he was targeted for online abuse and harassment. Many of the Trump supporters’ attacks fixated on his traditionally Jewish surname. “It’s time to put the SMACK DOWN on these filthy Jew rats!” wrote one white supremacist site.
The abuse got bad enough that Weinstein, a former aide to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, contacted the FBI. Still, he has a sense of humor about the ordeal: “Apparently they didn’t realize that I’m pro-gay, pro-Jew, and pro-rat, so their insults were not particularly effective,” he joked to Playbook.
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