Julia Ioffe's crime was interviewing Melania Trump and writing an article not glowing enough for her tastes. Julia is now in fear for her life.
Following her husband’s lead, Melania attacked the reporter personally on social media. The thuggish Trump supporters then proceeded to viciously harass this poor woman on the phone, on email, and on social media. Julia, who is Jewish, picked up the phone to hear Hitler speeches, told she should be burned in an oven and shot in the head. If you can stomach it, Dartagnan posted a sampling of just some of the hateful images. All of this was in defense of "Empress" Melania. (Yes, that is seriously how his racist supporters on the racist rag Daily Stormer refer to her.)
When informed of these threats and anti-Semitic attacks, Melania Trump blamed the reporter:
“I don’t control my fans,” Melania said in an interview with DuJour. “But I don’t agree with what they’re doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them.”
Yeah. It’s her own fault. If only she had written nice things, then maybe she wouldn't have had her life threatened.
First of all, what the hell do you mean “maybe" they went too far? What do they have to do to not earn that equivocation? On second thought, forget I asked.
Secondly, you have the potential (God-forbid) of being the First Lady. If you can’t handle a tame article, how will you handle a position where you are criticized daily? Unlike you, Michelle Obama is attacked viciously and unfairly all of the time on Fox News over the dumbest things. How does she handle it? Again, unlike you— with class. (You will also note that Fox News’ staff isn't threatened or harassed by her supporters, but that’s because we have class as well.)
Donald Trump reacted as you would expect. He will NOT condemn the attacks. When asked, he wouldn’t even ask his fans to stop threatening her.
“You hated this article in ‘GQ’ about your wife, Melania. Julia Ioffe wrote it. Since then, some of your supporters have viciously attacked this woman, Julia Ioffe, with anti-Semitic attacks, death threats. What’s your message to these people when something like that happens?” Wolf Blitzer asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee during an interview on Wednesday. “I’ll tell you, I haven’t read the article, but I hear it was a very inaccurate article and I heard it was a nasty article… They shouldn’t be doing that with wives. I mean they shouldn’t be doing that,” he responded. “These death threats that have followed these anti-Semitic,” Blitzer pressed Trump. “Oh, I don’t know about that. I don’t know anything about that,” said Trump. “You’ll have to talk to them about it. I don’t have a message to the fans.”
Trump is the freaking HEAD OF THE GOP.
Every Republican who stands with Trump condones this behavior. It speaks volumes about them. They will share the blame if anything happens to the GQ reporter. (The fact that none of this bothers his primary benefactor, Sheldon Adelson, speaks volumes about his true character as well.)
It’s bad enough that Trump has promised to make it easier for him to sue journalists who criticize him, but I guess he’s okay if they get offed as well.
It’s ironic that Julia Ioffe’s family fled the Soviet Union so long ago to escape the persecution and anti-Semitism only to be faced with it here in the new GOP’s America.