Trump Supporters Target Jewish Actress, Threaten Her With ‘Gas Chambers’
In the latest evidence that Donald Trump’s election is enabling of the most despicable racist elements of American society, Jewish American actress Emmy Rossum has become a target in the wave of Trump fueled hate crimes and harassment of minority communities to hit the United States in the wake of Trump’s shocking rise to the presidency last week.
The actress, who is a part of the popular Netflix series “Shameless,” received a series of disturbing, pro-Trump messages via her Twitter account throughout this past weekend which explicitly hearkened back to the persecution of fellow members of Rossum’s faith in Nazi Germany, a political administration idolized by many white supremacists for its commitment to the imaginary concept of “racial purity.”
Rossum wrote early Sunday on her Twitter page that “Trump supporters are sending me messages threatening to send me & my “ilk” to the gas chambers & writing hashtags like “#sieg hiel”. NOT OK.”
Rossum re-posted later on Sunday an example of the virulent internet hate she has been being subjected to, showcasing a tweet tagging the actress featuring an image of the Auschwitz death camp altered to feature “Trump” in huge gold letters on each side of the camp’s gates with the caption “You will be seeing a train shortly.”
Shortly after her first tweet, Rossum wrote: “Telling anyone to ‘get ready for the trains’ in reference to WWII is disgusting and offensive. Reporting you to Twitter is not enough. Back off.”
Multiple cities across the United States have fallen victim to pro-Nazi graffiti in the days since Donald Trump won the presidency.
This kind of vile behavior cannot be tolerated. We cannot let Trump-inspired hate crimes nor the pro-Nazi elements to be normalized in our country.
As Rossum says: “No matter WHO you voted for, I don’t care, THIS is not okay.”
While Trump’s rhetoric is used by these bigots as an excuse for their behavior, he actually condemned the harassment of minorities by his supporters in a Sunday interview with 60 Minutes. His condemnation, however, is a far cry from the effectively impossible task of erasing a rhetoric targeting various minorities as at the root of America’s racial problems.