Trump supporters target ‘anti- Trump Journalists’ with hate tweets
As Donald Trump’s chances of winning the election going down, supporters of the Republican presidential candidate reportedly targeting journalist with anti-Semitic tweets.
In the latest incident, the news website Politico’s Jewish female reporter has been targeted with threatening anti-Semitic messages from a Trump supporter, media reports revealed.
The Twitter user sent anti-Semitic death threats to Hadas Gold, saying “Don’t mess with our boy Trump or you will be first in line for the camp,” along with an image of her with a bullet in forehead and a Jewish star on chest.
— Michael Karanicolas (@M_Karanicolas) October 17, 2016
“Politico notified Twitter of the threatening and vile tweets, and Twitter acted promptly to suspend the account. There were many more tweets and emails, some even more vile if that is imaginable.” Politico said in a statement.
However, a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reveals that it has been happening for a long time in the United States, targeting journalists raising critical opinions about Donald Trump. ADL tracks hate speech and groups, with a particular focus on anti-Semitism.
Since the 2016 presidential campaign began, at least 800 journalists have received around 19,000 anti-Semitic tweets from 1,600 users, ADL says.
According to the report, “there is evidence that a considerable number of the anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists originate with people identifying themselves as Trump supporters, ‘conservatives’ or extreme right-wing elements.”
In these tweets, most frequently used terms included kike, Israel and Zionist, while it maintained common stereotypes about Jews by mentioning that they control media and global finance, and also perpetrated 9/11.
Though denying Trump’s involvement in such messages, ADL said he may have contributed to an environment in which reporters were targeted” because of his anti-media rhetoric”.
I am not only fighting Crooked Hillary, I am fighting the dishonest and corrupt media and her government protection process. People get it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2016
Donald Trump, in the recent past, severely criticised media for supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by several allegations against him. Trump recently questioned the legitimacy of US presidential election process claiming the election is being rigged by media in many places.