Donald Trump’s supporters are out of control and should cost Republicans dearly in November.
Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald has been digging deep into the Republican nominee’s history and business dealings to shine a light on things Trump doesn’t want the American people to know.
For instance, Eichenwald has recently revealed that Trump violated the U.S. embargo against Cuba and tried to do business with Fidel Castro back in the 1990s. In addition, Eichenwald also revealed that Trump screwed over American companies and workers by purchasing cheap steel and aluminum from China to use in the construction of his buildings.
Well, Trump supporters are furious that a journalist would dare to actually do their job and reveal the truth about their candidate. So they have resorted to attacking Eichenwald and threatening him and his family.
Eichenwald suffers from epileptic seizures, which is public knowledge. And in retaliation against him for investigating Trump, a conservative Trump fan named Mike sent Eichenwald a video on Twitter that could have resulted in a tragedy.
“Mike made mention of my seizures and included a small video,” Eichenwald wrote.
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.
Indeed, and Trump’s supporters did more than just attack Eichenwald, they have threatened his family as well.
“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,” Eichenwald continued.
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.
Despite the threats, Eichenwald’s family urged him to continue doing his job because it is important for people to know as much about Trump as possible, especially since the election is only a month away.
Fearless, Eichenwald slammed Trump for opening this Pandora’s Box and shamed the Republican Party for unleashing Trump and his deplorable supporters on the country.
This is not an unavoidable consequence of a contentious political campaign. This is exceptional, a circumstance brought about by the gutter rants of Donald Trump and his refusal to condemn the racists, neo-Nazis and other deplorables who support him. That our country has reached this point, where the line between modern American political supporters and Hitler’s brownshirts is becoming thinner by the day, is unacceptable. That GOP candidates have stood by and allowed this ugliness to flourish without aggressively condemning their candidate for what he has set loose, simply because they are seeking re-election or fear losing their jobs at the mid-terms, will stain the Republican Party for decades.
It’s time for Republican leaders to do the right thing and condemn Donald Trump. At this point, it is un-American for them to continue supporting him. It’s also time for Trump to tell his deplorable fans to stop the threats and intimidation. There is a reason why these people have been kept on the fringes of our society, but Trump is giving them a mainstream platform that they don’t deserve and it’s putting our nation in danger.
Trump and the GOP need to be rejected by a landslide on Election Day, and that includes every Republican down the ticket. Americans need to send a clear message that incivility, lies, hate, and bigotry are totally unacceptable and that the GOP needs to change or they’ll never be elected to govern ever again.
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