When Lizzy Waite, a South Dakota trans woman, committed suicide, the same Donald Trump loving internet trolls who helped drive her to her death came out in full, horrifying display in the comments section of the Facebook post that functioned as her suicide note.
Waite scheduled her suicide note to be published on Facebook in the hours following the approximate time that she expected the pills that she overdosed on to take their fatal effect.
The suicide note began:
‘I’m so sorry to all the people I hurt by killing myself. I truly am. I’ve been hurting so bad and I can’t form words to communicate it to you. I’m so lonely.’
The pained words of someone driven by depression to take their own life were, however, publicly and horrifyingly desecrated in the hours following the discovery of her death that was prompted by her Facebook suicide note becoming public.
Within hours, as Amanda, Lizzy’s partner was pouring over the words she left behind and typing out, in the replies, what she termed her “last letter” to Lizzy, horrifying replies started to pour in from Trump supporting trolls using such Facebook names as “Donny Trump.”
Some of these replies are featured in images below.
It took Amanda Waite several hours to get into Lizzy’s Facebook account in order to stop the flow of comments — comments which traumatized those close to Lizzy.
The trolls got wind of Lizzy’s existence after her name and information was cataloged by a website that keeps track of transgender people in a database available to those who would like to harass them.
She had reportedly been harassed by fans of this site for several years; however, those close to her cited Trump’s election to the presidency as the trigger that set off her mental illness in such a way as to lead to her suicide.
As the Daily Beast reports:
‘A half-dozen paragraphs after Lizzy wrote, “The pills are taking effect and I can’t think straight. I love you all,” Lizzy wrote this about Donald Trump: “Dump Trump. Kill him. Mike Pence too. Goodnight white pride. Steal the hats and destroy them. Best (sic) fascists with a baseball bat.”’
This horrifying incident is not without precedent.
In the days following Donald Trump’s shock election to the presidency, Trump supporters kicked off a wave of hate crimes and incidents of harassment against minorities that has still not stopped.
More specific to the LGBT community and to the incident victimizing Waite, multiple suicide prevention hotlines, including one catering specifically to youth, reported a record number of calls.
Mother Jones reported on the Friday following Election Day:
‘Trans Hotline… has received at least five times the call volume it normally gets. And the Trevor Project, the nation’s only LGBT youth-focused suicide prevention hotline, received more calls, texts, and online chats on [the Wednesday following Election Day] than it’s gotten on a single day in four years, more than double its normal daily volume.’
All of these incidents are fueled by the same thing — Donald Trump’s violence-driving rhetoric, upon which he built the presidential campaign that has driven him to the position of preparing to officially assume the presidency in January.
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