Trump backers hurl anti-Semitic tweets at NY Times editor

Jonathan Weisman calls out racism among Republican candidate’s supporters and receives some in return

New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. (screen capture: YouTube)
New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. (screen capture: YouTube)

JTA — New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman is clearly aware of Donald Trump supporters’ history of aggressive racism and antiSemitism. So maybe he shouldn’t be surprised by the reaction to his tweet calling them out for it.

But it’s hard not to be a little shocked.

On Thursday, Weisman referred to Sheldon Adelson’s recent appeal for Republican Jewish leaders to support the presumptive GOP nominee for president, Melania Trump’s justification of the anti-Semitism unleashed on reporter Julia Ioffe for her GQ profile of the would-be first lady last week and Donald Trump’s wavering renunciation of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke back in February — all in less than 140 characters.

Weisman’s tweet caught the eye of an anti-Semitic Twitter user named Cyber Trump, who proceeded to bait the Washington, D.C.-based him into a response.

After the exchange made waves in the Twitterverse, the anti-Semitic deluge only got far, far worse. Weisman retweeted the responses.

Some took notice and attempted to throw Weisman a life preserver.

But Weisman ultimately had to check out, lest he go off the deep end.

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