A reporter recently revealed the “obviously racist” and antisemitic Reddit user who created the animated image of President Donald Trump body-slamming CNN, and he is being bombarded with death threats.
Jared Yates Sexton, a journalist who also teaches writing and linguistics at Georgia Southern University, reported Sunday that the president shared an internet meme created by a Reddit user called “HanAssholeSolo.”
That person made frequent racist and threatening posts on Reddit, including one earlier this month identifying Jewish employees of CNN, reported Raw Story.
Sexton tweeted Monday that he received numerous threats, often accompanied by antisemitic and Nazi themes, since revealing the meme’s creator.
In the wake of that, I received numerous threats. I was told people wanted to shoot, strangle me, hang me, throw me out of a helicopter 3/
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 3, 2017
“Now articles are showing up on Neo-Nazi websites, there are videos spliced with Goebbels telling me not to test his patience,” Sexton tweeted. “That one also has footage from Natural Born Killers of a journalist being executed by shotgun. On forums, under my tweets, there’s a list of excerpts from newspaper articles about journalists being slaughter, the details gory.”
CNN contributor Ana Navarro warned Sunday that Trump’s tweet was an incitement to violence, and she worried that the president’s supporters would eventually act on his encouragement.
“This is just going way too far,” the conservative commentator said. “The president of the United States is inciting violence against the free press. In America, we cannot stand for it.”
Sexton also called out Trump for creating a hostile environment that encourages violence against the media and its employees.
“This environment is the creation of the man in the White House,” Sexton said. “There are valid criticisms of the media, many on point, this isn’t that. When you start calling a group of people enemies of the country, this is what happens. When you call them scum, this happens.”
He also put some of the blame on InfoWars’ radio host Alex Jones, who tells his listeners the mainstream media are pedophiles and Satan worshippers.
“Everyone keeps bringing up the shooting in Virginia,” Sexton said. “In a way, they’re right. That’s what happens in this environment. This shouldn’t be a country where these violent instincts are cultivated and encouraged. We’re at a real tipping point right now.”
On Info Wars, Trump praised Jones by saying, “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down.”
This is the America Trump is forming, one that is full of hatred towards others because of their race or religion.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)