Trump and fans vs reporter
Trump and fans vs reporter
Trump and his alt-right supporters are at it again. What started this? A GQ article about Melania Trump. The author Julia Ioffe did what journalists are supposed to do. She profiled the third Mrs. Trump which you know is part of the campaign process. Mrs. Cruz, Mr. Clinton, Mrs. Sanders were all profiled as part of the process.
The article is not a puff piece and is actually not so bad for the genre. Trump and his followers are not pleased but really this is a benign article. Sadly, Alt-right is a cesspool of the worst of the web and to these despicable folks, this is an opportunity to howl and hate:
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) April 28, 2016
The response from the Trumps and their followers was described by the Guardian like this:
In the deeply disturbing response to her piece, Ioffe said she sees a frightening future of what freedom of the press – and the country – might look like under President Trump.
Keep reading. This is the stuff of nightmares for anyone with a smidgin of historical knowledge.
“What happens if Donald Trump is elected?” Ioffe said. “We’ve seen the way he bids his supporters to attack the media, his proposal to change libel laws to make it easier to sue journalists.”
The thin skinned Trump is in my opinion a dealbreaker and should not be president. The Putins, the North Koreans and Daesh and a host of other enemies foreign and domestic will push his buttons all too easily. The bigger problem for me is how the charming supporters of this thin skinned fellow take his rhetoric and run with it.
The harassment from Trump supporters is not directly linked to the candidate. Yet he has fomented a culture of violence at his rallies, encouraging supporters to retaliate against protesters. He once offered to pay the legal fees for a man who sucker punched a protester at his rally. He also failed to immediately disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who said he supports Trump’s candidacy. His campaign has been contacted for comment.
And then the journalist who wrote about the wife of Trump got this:
On Thursday, Ioffe answered a phone call from an anonymous caller who played a Hitler speech. She received another call from “Overnight Caskets”. On Twitter, users posted photos of her face superimposed on a mug shot from Auschwitz. The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site, attacked Ioffe in a blogpost titled: “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ!”
Empress of what? I doubt Trump has thought about his own family members and colleagues and friends that his alt-right troll army wants to see dead. Not just silenced but dead. This is more than trolling or dumb kids posting on the net. It is far past time for Trump to do the right thing and stop the crazy train. But he is getting ratings and all that matters are the ratings it seems.