In typical Trump fashion, supporters of the Republican presidential candidate threatened violence against Kurt Eichenwald with Newsweek for exposing some shady business dealings of Mr. Trump. Eichenwald’s report about Trump claimed that some of his business interests could very well undermine our national security. After Eichenwald’s article came out, supporters of Trump dug up the fact that Eichenwald suffered from epilepsy, and attempted to use this knowledge against him.
As Kurt Eichenwald wrote himself:
A couple of weeks later, after my article about how Trump’s business interests would create a conflict of unprecedented proportions, I received a tweet from someone with the twitter handle “Mike’s Deplorable AF.” Like many Trump supporters, he has chosen to identify himself as deplorable to mock the label once used by Clinton to describe the racists, neo-Nazis, homophobes and like who have crawled out of the sewer to cheer for the Republican nominee. Mike, however, is indeed deplorable.
In his tweet, which has since been deleted, Mike made mention of my seizures and included a small video. It contained images of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that has been identified by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate symbol. I was carrying my iPad, looking at the still image on the video and, without thinking, touched the PLAY button.
The video was some sort of strobe light, with flashing circles and images of Pepe flying toward the screen. It’s what’s called epileptogenic—something that triggers seizures. Fortunately, since I was standing, I simply dropped my iPad to the ground the second I realized what Mike had done. It landed face down on the bathroom floor.
The deplorables are real. The deplorables are dangerous.
So in response to Eichenwald’s article, this Nazi-sympathizing Trump support decided to induce an epileptic seizure in Eichenwald. This Trump supporter used Twitter is his medium for this “cyber assault” against Eichenwald. Using the Twitter handle “Mike’s Deplorable AF,” this person sent a video called an epileptogenic to Eichenwald. “Mike” succeeded in his goal of inducing a seizure in Eichenwald.
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—“nigger-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.
What do you think of this blatant display of violence and ignorance by those supporting the Republican candidate? Should Trump come out and condemn this acts by his supporters?
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(Article by Jaimes Campbell)