Mike Singer, the Jewish mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, was targeted by antisemitic online abuse after speaking against white nationalists gathered for a rally at a local park.
The torch wielding supremacists were led by Alt Right leader Richard Spencer, who rallied against removing the statue of former Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, who supported removing the statue, condemned the rally in a statement on Sunday.
“This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK,” said Singer. “As mayor of this City, I want everyone to know this: we reject this intimidation. We are a welcoming city, but such intolerance is not welcome here.”
In response, he was met with numerous verbal assaults on Twitter.
“I smell Jew,” posted an anonymous Twitter user with the handle “Great Patriot Trump.” “If so, you are going back to Israel. But you will not stay in power here. Not for long.”
“We are tired of Jewish supremacy,” another wrote. “Go back to Israel with your people and stay there.”
Another tweeted, “YOU are on the side of evil. It’s Bolshevism/Global Socialism you are pushing. [Which is] way more evil than whites looking after their own interests.”
By: Hadassah Schwarz