|Journalist Kurt Eichenwald was attacked via a seizure-|
inducing strobe light via the internet last December.
The alleged attacker was arrested Friday.
The form of epilepsy Eichenwald has can result in grand mal seizures trigged by certain types of light patterns.
So, some of the horrible people who are the most ardent Trump supporters sent him emails with strobe lights that trigger the seizures.
Yeah, real cool. You don't like what somebody is saying about Trump? Make his illness worse, dangerous or even fatal.
Eichenwald's seizure wasn't just a momentary event. It was genuinely scary. After the seizure, he was incapacitated for several days, lost feeling in his left hand and had trouble speaking for several weeks, reports the New York Times.
Trump is cruel, so are some of his followers. Assholes, to be honest.
Eichenwald fortunately fought back and he contacted the FBI about the people who sent him these emails.
I'm happy to report there's finally been one arrest in this case.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the FBI arrested John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Salisbury, Maryland, on Friday in Maryland.
Few other details of the arrest were immediately available.
Eichenwald tweeted that Rivello faces federal charges and would be indicted by the Dallas (Texas) District Attorney in the coming days.
According to The Verge:
"(Rivello).....allegedly sent a message to Eichenwal saying, 'You deserve a seizure for your post.' That message included the strobe.
After pursuing a search warrant, police say they found Twitter direct messages in which Rivello discussed Eichenwald and said he hoped his message would send him into a seizure and that he was waiting to see if the writer dies.
He additionally had a screenshot of a Wikipedia page for Eichenwald in which he altered it to say that the victim died on December, 16, 2016 (the day after he sent the strobe.)"
If all this is true, I hope they make an example out of Rivello. He needs to be in jail for a long, long time. He could face up to 10 years in prison for the charges against him now, but people rarely serve the maximum sentence.
I also can't wait to learn more details about him. Rivello is probably a real piece of work.
Rivello is about to be pilloried in the court of public opinion, that's for sure. It'll probably hurt him more than the seizure he induced on Eichenwald.
Eichenwald said he has forwarded information about 40 other people who have sent him the the strobe light emails to the FBI and other arrests are possible.
I'm sorry to say this, but there is an awful subset of Trump supporters who are both stupid and mean, which isn't a good combination.
Part of the resistance against Trump has to include calling out these rank and file idiots, to humiilate them and force them back under the rocks from which they came.
It's OK to be a fan of Trump. It's not OK to physically attack those who aren't Trump fans There's a few people out there that don't know the difference. As Trump himself would tweet, Sad!
There are consequences for that awful crew of wannabe fascists out there.