A young Jewish candidate for Congress in California has been targeted with shocking anti-Semitic abuse just days prior to the state’s primary election.
Erin Schrode, 25, whose underdog campaign against incumbent Jared Huffman has attracted recent media attention, has been hit with the abuse on social media and text messages, she revealed in a Facebook post late Saturday night.
Personal information such as her phone number and email also were posted online.
Among the messages she has received, Schrode said, are “Everyone knows it’s TIME for America’s first evil retarded teen c— Congress kike!”; “Fire up the oven!” and “All would laugh with glee as they gang raped her and then bashed her bagel eating brains in.”
She called the messages “Indiscriminate hatred. Pure evil.”
Writing on Facebook, Schrode said, “I cannot and will not remain silent. I have never been much good at standing idly by in the face of injustice. I am not writing these words to spark an outpouring of sympathy, but rather to call attention to the fact that pointed, blatant hatred is rampant and on the uptick at this moment in history, particularly in the context of a fear-based election cycle. Those who know me can attest to the fact that I have spoken out time and time again when I have NOT been the one targeted. I am a citizen activist through and through – who refuses to give that shrug of inevitability.”
She added: “We must not stand silent in the face of hatred, violence, attacks, bullying, or oppression; we cannot recoil in fear; we cannot lose our sense of human dignity and respect. May we respond with a chorus of positive voices and powerful action. May we rise up and not only preach tolerance, but understanding and love.”
The FBI has been notified of the cowardly attacks made by anonymous trolls and local police have agreed to step up their visibility in her home neighbourhood.
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