Conservative National Review writer David French, who last week contemplated launching an independent run for president, claimed Tuesday that Donald Trump supporters harassed his family members after being asked by the Trump campaign to intimidate them, while racist trolls took to social media to lambaste his adopted Ethiopian daughter.
After French announced Sunday that he will not be running for president despite pressure from Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, the Iraq War veteran told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that members of his wife’s family were personally accosted by Trump supporters over the phone, while racist trolls on the internet have disparagingly insulted his adopted Ethiopian daughter.
French, who is also a lawyer, explained that Trump supporters were asked by the Trump campaign to call his wife’s family in Tennessee and tell them to tell him that things would “be bad” for him if he decided to run for president.
“Well, you know, it was probably one of the more ham-handed attempts at intimidation, which out of the Trump operation you can expect things to be done in the most incompetent way possible,” French asserted. “An individual calls [and] he says, ‘I’m sorry, but I’ve been asked by the Trump campaign to make sure that David knows this will be really, really bad for him.'”
French added that he did not know about the call until after he had already decided that he would not run for president.
French continued by explaining that even before his name was being circulated by the media as a possible independent alternative to Trump, he was already faced with much intimidation from Trump supporters because of his anti-Trump writings for the National Review.
“I assumed if I did this, look, I have been up against Trump for some time, and the assaults on my family have been overwhelming just as a writer,” French stated. “As everyone knows, Trump has an online racist mob that he often stokes by retweeting some of these horrible white supremacists.”
French says that Trump’s online racist mob has personally insulted his youngest daughter, who he and his wife, Nancy, adopted from Ethiopia in 2010.
“As that online racist mob is fond of pointing out, I have a multiracial family and so they have gone after my youngest daughter in the worst way imaginable,” he said.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post