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Trump supporters have been targeting a growing number of public figures — not to mention ordinary people — with anti-Semitic hate. And a Politico reporter just found herself in the list.
Hadas Gold, who runs Politico’s “On The Media” blog, is the latest person to receive a death threat and anti-Jewish message from a self-proclaimed Trump fan. A Photoshopped image of Gold was posted on Twitter, depicting her with a bloody bullet hole in the forehead and a yellow badge used to mark Jews in Nazi Germany.
“Don’t mess with our boy Trump or you will be first in line for the camp,” a message with the image said. “Aliyah or line up by the wall, your choice.”
The account that posted the threatening tweet was suspended shortly afterward under Twitter’s policy that prohibits violence and hate, however, more such messages continued to come through other medium, like Gold’s email.
“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. A police report is in the process of being filed,” said Politico in a statement.
However, when another Politico writer, Julia Ioffe, who previously wrote about Melania Trump, tweeted about what happened to Gold, she received a gif of her face inside an oven accompanied by a yellow star depicting her as a Jew.
Death threats, especially against journalists, have been on the rise as the election date draws closer. Last month, The Arizona Republic newspaper staff received similar threats after they endorsed Trump’s presidential rival Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, for the first time in its history.
In July, Huffington Post writer, Laura Silverman was also bombarded with anti-Semitic death threats, when she received a picture of a toad-like creature dressed in a swastika, skull and yellow star.
White nationalists, even people like David Duke, the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, have said they support a Trump presidency. At the same time, Twitter has been struggling to address harassment in its platform.