It’s too early to tell what the long-term effects of a Donald Trump candidacy will be. But one thing is for sure - his hateful rhetoric has inspired his followers. And especially so online, where it’s easy to attack someone without repercussions.
We have compiled an interactive timeline of these attacks, that you can look at below. For more about the scope of anti-Semitic trolling, click here.
“There has been a rise in this kind of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish journalist,” said Mark Potok, a fellow at the Southern Policy Law Center that tracks hate-groups. “I also believe that the Trump campaign has made it more acceptable to make these anti-Semitic claims in public,” Polok told the Forward. “He made it acceptable.”
Over the last year, we have seen more and more Jewish journalists become the target of trolling and online harassment by Trump supporters. It didn’t matter if the journalists were liberal, conservative or even really Jewish, the “alt-right” movement attacked them all.
To navigate our interactive timeline, you can either click through the gray tabs in the timeline or scroll down further below and use the arrows to click though the slideshow.
Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. Reach her at email@example.com or on Twitter at @lillymmaier
Anti-Semitism and Attacks on Journalists by Trump Trolls: A Timeline
Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. She is a graduate journalism student at New York University, where she studies as a Fulbright scholar. She also holds a B.A. in Jewish history from the University of Munich.
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