The wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Melania Trump, said that while anti-Semitic abuse leveled at Jewish reporter Julia Ioffe for a critical profile of the potential first lady went too far, the reaction to the article was also “provoked.”
“I don’t control my fans,” Melania Trump told lifestyle magazine DuJour. “I don’t agree with what they’re doing.”
After Ioffe wrote the article for GQ magazine, in which she also revealed that Melania Trump has a half brother born out of wedlock in Slovenia, Melania Trump had called the profile “inaccurate” and an invasion of her privacy.
Ioffe later received a barrage of anti-Semitic emails, calls, and social media messages—and even death threats—for the article. Ioffe eventually filed a police complaint due to the threats. Melania Trump told DuJour that while “there are people out there who maybe went too far,” Ioffe’s article “provoked them.”