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Reporter Olivia Nuzzi: Trump’s bullying inspired his supporter’s rape threats

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Daily Beast reporter Olivia Nuzzi argued in an op-ed on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s campaign style paved the way for one of his supporters — who is also running for office — to harass her saying he “hoped” she would be raped.

“When a former reality TV star can become the Republican nominee while offending and belittling entire genders, races and religions, why wouldn’t a man seeking local office think that encouraging the rape of a woman he hates is OK?” Nuzzi wrote.

Nuzzi revealed on Monday that Mike Krawitz hit her with a series of belligerent Facebook comments after she posted a story regarding Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples.

“F*ck. You. Olivia, I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today. :)” Krawitz wrote, adding, “Hope. You. Get. Raped. By. A. Syrian. Refugee. :)”

That outburst, she said, was part of a pattern of abuse dating back to December 2014, including one post this past August when he called her an “Ugly. Stupid. C*nt.”

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“In the age of Trump, bullying has been rebranded as telling it like it is,” Nuzzi stated. “Using obscene or threatening language is a point of pride, proof that you’re beholden to nothing but the truth. And anyone who can’t handle that? Well, they’re just a politically correct loser.”

Krawitz’s admiration for Trump is evident on his Facebook page, which is riddled with pictures of the Republican presidential nominee. At one point, he had support from local party members in Gloucester County, New Jersey during his latest run for the West Deptford Township Committee.

But according to Nuzzi, that backing has vanished in the wake of her revealing his threats. The chair of the county’s GOP executive committee, Jim Philbin, said in an email that he called for Krawitz to resign, while the West Deptford Executive Board said in a statement, “We have been informed he is resigning.”

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The Cherry Hill Courier-Post reported that someone claiming to be Krawitz stated in a “crudely scribbled” letter that he would withdraw from the election. However, Gloucester County officials have yet to confirm whether the handwriting matches Krawitz’s.


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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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