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Woman forced into hiding after admitting at feminist event she voted for Trump

They’re coming for you next: A Jewish conservative college student has been forced to change her name and go into hiding after she publicly admitted at a feminist event that she had voted for Trump.

“I was forced almost immediately to go undercover. I was receiving multiple hateful comments and messages a day. I felt I had to do that to keep my family safe so they wouldn’t be targets of online hate,” Tikva told PJ Media. “The worst part is one of the panelists, Deja Foxx, told her Instagram followers where I went to college and, due to her careless actions, students at my school found out my class schedule,” alleged Tikva.

Deja Foxx, who has about 30k followers across Twitter and Instagram, did not respond to numerous inquiries by email, Facebook, and Twitter to comment.

“Then, after Deja doxxed me, I received a number of threats online and in person. Many of them wishing that I would kill myself, would die, I got rape threats, death threats, and many comments were attacking me based on my looks,” Tikva told PJ Media. “I was afraid to even be on campus after that,” she added.

This is today’s left. You are not allowed your place in the marketplace of ideas if you dare take any position they oppose. You will be silenced.


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  • Cotour

    The carrot and the stick, you will comply.

    “Dodgeball is not just unhelpful to the development of kind and gentle children who will become decent citizens of a liberal democracy. It is actively harmful to this process, they say. Dodge ball is a tool of “oppression.””

    So its not a matter of free choice whether you might want to play / compete in dodge ball or whether you want to vote in a way that is contrary in the proscribed ways that it has been determined you must vote to belong. You will comply or you will be made an example of.

    The Left is ruthless in its focus and its goals, and as they become more and more desperate for relevance they will become even more ruthless.

  • Cotour

    Then this all results in something akin to this:

    Now this is chilling in real time.

  • wodun

    It is tough to judge because people can say mean things without being serious. It is the serious things that we need to worry about. I’m not against people being mean or insulting as 9/10 times you can just ignore it. PJM could have asked for some specific examples to share with the audience.

    In the context of violence being used by leftists on college campuses, she could have something to worry about but the bigger threat is the unpersoning that will happen by leftist professors, administrators, and future employers.

  • Lee S

    First, sorry if I lost track of the last political conversation we were having… My browser only supports a certain amounts of threads on here… And my ADHD prevents me from being able to search to deeply…
    However, I have a question for Bob, and other readers…
    I am, and always will be in favour of freedom of speech… From both “sides” of the political spectrum…
    They other day, a controversial radio host was removed from his position and show…
    TalkRadio sacks George Galloway over ‘antisemitic views’

    He is accused of being antisemitic… As is the current leader of the main left wing party of the UK…

    They have both been very critical of Israel… Never the religion, only of the country’s political stance.

    I know we have had the conversation a hundred times regarding the acctualy of the Israel/Palestinian conflict… But that is not the point I’m asking about.

    Do you consider the fact that any criticism of Israel is instantly considered “antisemitic” another side of “they are coming for you next”?

    I have a problem with pretty much all religions…. And there are not many places I’m allowed to express my views… But to be considered anti “insert religion here” because I disagree with a countries policy seems faciest to the highest degree…

    I’m not trying to start to start another argument… But I’m interested in others viewpoint…

  • Cotour

    What are the implications of and is so offensive about this statement?

    ” there would be “no Israel flags on the cup”

  • Lee S

    @ Cotour….
    I don’t actually know…. You tell me!
    Their are ISRAELI sponsors involved in Tottenham…
    You managed to move the goalposts there…
    If I criticize Israel… Am I antisemitic?
    ( The answer is obviously no..)
    But in the current climate of jumping on everything, it would seem that I am…
    Do you consider this to be ok?

  • Lee S

    Like I said…. I didn’t come here for another argument…. But sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander.
    It’s now “forbidden” to have a right wing kinda view…. But the opposite applys…
    One bad word about Israel and your a nazi…
    I have plenty of problems with Israeli politics…. Bugger all against Jews..
    But if I was famous enough to be in the tabloids, or even involved in local politics… I would be considered antisemitic these days..

    As Bob would say “they are coming for you next”

  • Cotour

    If the statement can be considered offensive IMO it is of the mildest form.

    This is why a man should lose his job?

    What this example sets up is that you dare not even discuss the subject of Israel or any Jewish related matter. Its a form of intimidation IMO, unless I am missing something here.

  • Lee S

    Oi… Sorry Cotour….
    I thought you were being ironic in the post I responded to.
    The leader of our main left wing party is being constantly accused of antisemitic views, because he has a concern with the Palestine situation…
    ( Not an argument I want to enter in to!)
    But because he has a problem with ISRAELI politics, he is condemned as anti-jew..
    I raise this up only as a counter to Bob’s insistance that it’s the rise of his “left” that is stifling discussion…
    It’s occuring on both sides…. You better be careful what you say these days, or one side or the other will condemn you for it!

  • Lee S: First of all, I will not mince words about Galloway. He is an anti-Semite, and has demonstrated his hatred of Jews and Israel for years. One single comment by him now doesn’t change that fact.

    If you had really read my essays on Israel, you might remember that at my conclusion, I was actually very critical of the reasons that formed Israel. To quote:

    In general, I have never been enthused by the partition of Palestine as imposed by the United Nations in 1948. Driven by good intentions (Oh that phrase!) after the Holocaust in World War II, the members of the U.N. tried to give the Jewish people a home that they could call their own.

    The problem is that they divided Palestine along ethnic and religious lines. They literally created an apartheid state, right from the beginning, with one state devoted to those who were Jewish and the second state devoted to those who were Muslim.

    Such a division — nowadays dubbed by naive politicians the “two-state solution” — is always a problem, as it almost guarantees that at some point in the future each state is going to forced to treat those not of their particular sect as second class citizens. For if the population of Israel becomes dominated by Muslims, how then can one still call that a Jewish state?

    From this you can see that I certainly do not believe that “any criticism of Israel should be instantly considered ‘anti-Semitic'”. However, the kind of dishonest and hateful rhetoric that Galloway has spouted for years, including many lies about Israel and its treatment of its Arab citizens and the Palestinians, is anti-Semitic, and should be called for what it is.

    I hope that answers your question. My problem with almost all discussions about the Middle East and Israel (including past discussions with you) is that I find those who oppose Israel to be woefully ignorant about the situation there, and to have bought into many of the vicious lies that have been spread by the terrorist leaders in the Arab world, whose only goal is to kill all the Jews.

    In order to have a sane conversation about this, we have to be dealing with truth. Sadly, there is little desire to do so from those who are hostile to Israel.

  • Lee S: Let me add that while I have little sympathy of Galloway in this case, I in general would agree that it is just as bad to squelch leftwing thought as it is to squelch rightwing thought. It is my position that we should defend to the death the right of both, including Galloway, to speak freely.

    No one should be put in prison for their words. No one should experience violence either. Galloway has experienced neither. He has merely been kicked off the radio.

    More important, the vast number of examples of violence in the past three years have not come from the right. It is the left that is attacking conservatives, on campuses, on the street, at political rallies, at their homes, in restaurants. If we really believe in allowing free speech, this must be condemned, strongly, instead of digging around to find the one or two exceptions from the right so as to make believe there has been an equivalency of oppression here.

    There has not. The problem has been on the left. Almost exclusively. And the left continues to either make believe the problem doesn’t exist, or endorses it.

  • Lee S

    I wasn’t commenting on the acctual Israel/Palestine situation…. Your essays have acctualy changed my opinion somewhat regarding the matter, and whilst not entirely changing my mind, you have made me see the conflict is absolutely not as black and white as I once thought.. ( and I thank you for that!)
    My comment was only to point out that the expression of free speech is being closed down on both sides of the political spectrum.. in Europe at least. Galloway is only one amongst a growing number of left leaning figures that have been deplatformed, have lost their jobs, or have been attacked by the media because of their views ..
    This is a truly bi-partisan issue, and perhaps the far left in the US has had more publicity regarding the suppression of free speech, it absolutely occures from the opposite direction, the most visible, from where I am sitting, is the inability of the right to differentiate between criticism of Israel and hatred for Jews.

    I have never criticized any of your posts regarding the suppression of free speech because of the facts… Only because of your use of the term “the left”, which did an injustice to those of us who consider ourselves left wing, but are reasonable people who believe in free speech.
    ( And to be fair, I also thank you for using that phrase in that context much less often )

    We ( and most of the posters here ) may be light years apart politically, but regarding the right to free speech, we are certainly on the same page.

  • Lee S

    This is politics in the UK right now..

    The right wing branding the leader of the labour party antisemitic because of views regarding Israel / Palestine.

  • Lee S: You need to look more closely at the positions of Corbyn and others on the left who are critical of Israel. Their criticism is almost always based, as I said in a previous comment, on an almost willful ignorance of what the situation in the Middle East is really like, and is accompanied with statements that slander Israel, and the Jews, in ways that any Jew immediately recognizes, with horror, from the past.

    As for the closing down of free speech worldwide, you are right. We are beginning to see it from the right as well. The sad thing is that this oppression has been pushed hard by the left, almost exclusively, for the past three years, and because no one did anything about it, and in fact too many actually supported it, many on the right have now starting to respond in kind.

    This is very bad, but the source of the problem is still the left. It is authoritarian, believes in rule from above, and is using violence as a tactic to gain power. In the western democracies this had not been its approach as recently as five years ago. Now it is its standard operating procedure. Until people demand it to stop, and do so by removing all power from the left, things will only get worse, from both sides.

    Once the left is defanged on this point, the few examples of bad stuff you find from the right will quickly vanish.

  • Lee S

    Bob…. You are simply wrong here….
    Your president has made it ok to call anything you disagree with “fake news”…
    I am not a Trump blamer or a fan, but he has had an impact on what is considered “fake news”… It’s ok to call real news that now…. Just because you have a different viewpoint…..
    The hate and venom I have received on here for speaking my moderate left wing view is telling..
    I advocate for bigger tax, bigger government, bigger benefits for the needy…
    This system works where I live… And has done for decades…
    Yet I only get lectures about why I am wrong… It’s fine… I’m staying here, where I can afford the insulin that keeps me alive… I’m staying here, where my kids will have a world class education without running up unpayable debt, I’m staying here where the streets are clean and school shootings are not conciderd normal…

  • commodude

    Lee S, most of what Pres. Trump has called fake news is precisely that, propaganda or venomous opinion disguised as news.

    I’ve seen no hate or venom spewed at you here, nor would our gentle host allow it. (disdain, absolutely. Venom? Not hardly)You’re twisting differences of opinion into something else entirely, the same way your fellow travelers in the media twist and parse the words of Pres. Trump. What was said as a joke (maybe Russia could find Sec. Clinton’s emails….) became “proof of collusion.”

    As to your claims about insulin… We have medicaid, and many other programs to provide for people who can’t afford meds. Your perception is skewed by preconceived notions.

  • Phill O

    The media and the left are certainly openly against Israel’s own defensive measures and Jews in particular.

    We have seen this before!

    Phill Oltmann

  • Edward

    Lee S,
    You wrote: “Yet I only get lectures about why I am wrong… It’s fine… I’m staying here, where I can afford the insulin that keeps me alive… I’m staying here, where my kids will have a world class education without running up unpayable debt, I’m staying here where the streets are clean and school shootings are not conciderd normal…

    Once again you are wrong about the United States. Not only does the U.S. subsidize your insulin specifically so that you can afford it (you’re welcome), but before we started moving in the socialist direction we had world-class education for our kids, the streets were clean (San Francisco once was a beautiful city), there were no school shootings (until someone decided that each student must have high self-esteem), and the debt on all governmental levels was manageable. The unpayable debt has occurred specifically because the national, state, and local governments took on the very roles that you have said you like about your country’s socialist government.

    More than half the national spending is to people who are supposedly needy, what you once described as “down on their luck,” but they seem to be largely permanently needy or needy on a recurring basis, and it is passing down from one generation to another. In essence, they have made themselves wards of the state. Thus, instead of a merit based system (to each according to his ability), we are turning into a socialist system (to each according to his need for a comfortable lifestyle that encourages him to remain part of some bureaucrat’s empire), just as you advocate for. Take a good look, because this is the future of your country.

    As your country’s taxers go up, as the governmental empires grow, and as the benefits increase for the needy (rather than be grateful for a hand-up, they demand more handout), more people will decide that they are needy takers rather than generous makers. Why work your butt off, only to have no time left over to enjoy yourself? Why work your butt off, only to be taxed into poverty, when it is easier and more rewarding to be needy and have all day to play? Why should the needy have a more enjoyable lifestyle than the ones who do all the work? Thus, the rolls of those on the dole continuously increase.

    As the money runs out for the various levels of government, the services decline, the education goes south, and lifestyles suffer. This is what your kids have to look forward to, no matter how world-class their education.

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