Dayton Mayor Received Death Threats After Trump Insulted Her Following Deadly Mass Shooting

She's not the first to be the target of Trump's dangerous rhetoric and crazed supporters.

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Nan Whaley, the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, where the latest high-profile mass shooting took place after two others in quick succession during that same week, says that she needed extra security following Donald Trump’s antagonistic and untrue characterization of her on social media, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Despite a press conference in which Whaley and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown each praised the President’s eventual appearance in Ohio, saying that the victims and first responders appreciated Trump’s visit, the fact that they both urged him to sign meaningful gun law reform legislation is apparently what stuck in Trump’s mind, and he parlayed that slight back into his recollection of their press conference:


Mayor Whaley later tweeted that she was baffled by the President’s response:

Later, in an appearance with cable news host Anderson Cooper, she said that it proved he was a “bully and a coward” whose primary concern was whether or not he was getting the proper respect:

After Trump’s tweets, Whaley got hundreds of threats and menacing messages by email, phone, and social media, with at least one warning her that “treason is death.”

Much like the President’s rhetoric inspired the El Paso shooter to go on a rampage, it looks as though Mayor Whaley may have narrowly escaped some crazed Trump supporter’s vengeance.

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