Freelance journalist Julia Ioffe recently wrote a piece on Donald Trump’s supermodel wife Melania for GQ Magazine which infuriated his supporters to the point where the journalist reportedly filed a police report against them.
The Guardian has compiled a collection of the tweets and messages she has received that have been anti-Semitic, brutally attacking her Jewish ethnicity. The messages are which are too offensive to republish here.
Throughout Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, the billionaire GOP nominee has been critical of the media as a part of the message that the other isolationist-Republican candidates have repeated — that the media is spinning the facts.
And while the responsibility of the media is such that they’re naturally the focus of criticism, Donald Trump’s supporters are mostly made up of conservatives who play a huge part in consuming conservative media as well as creating it.
For instance, just before rival candidate Ted Cruz bowed out of the race, his father was targeted by Trump as being involved in the JFK assassination when he said in front of his supporters that he read it in the National Inquirer, which is widely known as a fake new site.
But Americans who are glued to those types of tabloids are the same kinds of people who are glued to whatever message Donald Trump has to give.
In the many interviews with Trump supporters — when asked if certain potentially harmful qualities or messages from the reality-show star were deal-breakers — they didn’t mind his slip-ups and have only continued to support him.
The media has reported on the violence that has taken place at Donald Trump’s rallies, as well as his dodging of questions about the Klu Klux Klan and David Duke, which is obviously a tactic to nurture their support without having to be dismissive of them out loud.
When Mr. Trump tweeted out the image of him eating a taco bowl on the fifth of May A.K.A. Cinco De Mayo, RNC chairman Reince Priebus responded to the carelessness of the tweet as that “he’s trying.”
With that, he gave the impression that he was not part of the Donald Trump camp or any camp that didn’t get it.
It was a way to recognize that he would have to accept, along with everyone else, that Donald Trump was representing a large group of the Republican electorate.
But what it has also done is put Trump’s followers in the spotlight, a mostly bastion of sub-humans who have come out into the light to play a part in our democracy.
And while there is certainly something to say about Bernie Sanders’ supporters, Donald Trump’s might be more publicly anti-Semitic or racist is certainly true if the way they’ve responded at the rallies is any indication.
The journalist’s reaction in filing a police report is clearly also an indication that the virtual attacks got to her and that those trolls or otherwise truly anti-Semitic Trump supporters should pay the price if she can do it.
But she also made a common assumption in what press freedoms looked like under a Donald Trump administration.
“This is not a heavily critical article. There is nothing in it that is untrue. If this is how Trump supporters swing into action what happens when the press looks into corrupt dealings, for example, or is critical of his policies?”
Though it’s easy to say that Donald Trump certainly did not become a billionaire by making stupid mistakes, it’s difficult to know if what Ioffe says is true or even if Donald Trump’s base can be dumped at some point for the presidency.
In the same way, however, the majority of Trump’s supporters are certainly not billionaires either, which is perhaps another indication that their racism, antisemitism, and bigotry are very real beliefs and therefore, a good reason for Ioffe to take the threats seriously.