Reporter Julia Ioffe recently wrote a deeply reported profile of Melania Trump for GQ, one that revealed the existence of her secret half-brother and also her dad’s strong similarities to the Donald. Now Ioffe’s getting deluged with sexist, anti-Semitic abuse. It’s almost like there’s a pattern here?
Back in September, I wrote about Donald Trump’s Nazi and white supremacist fans. Many of them then joined me on Twitter to share cartoons of people with big hooked noses and Holocaust jokes and sophisticated media theories:
It was odd! Now Ioffe is getting the same red carpet welcome, as the Guardian notes:
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 blog post titled: “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ!”
It’s particularly fun, Ioffe told the paper, given that her family came to the United States from Russia fleeing anti-Semitism.
The Daily Stormer’s founder, Andrew Anglin, has been kicked off Twitter, but many of his fans continue to hang out there to share their special feelings about journalists. They get particularly enthused by anybody who mentions that Trump’s campaign has Nazi overtones—like Eli Lake, who recently pointed out that Trump’s new slogan “America First” is literally a holdover from World War II. Lake is a particular favorite of a specific breed of Trump voter. I wonder why.
There’s probably a way for a Jewish or female reporter to write critically about Donald Trump and not get hit with this tidal wave of diarrhea. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m sure it’s possible.
I can’t believe a campaign that keeps merrily retweeting white supremacists is attracting so many Nazis and white supremacists.
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