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'I Hope You Get Raped and Killed': MSNBC's Katy Tur Details the Vicious Threats She Receives Because of Trump

"Either the president doesn't get the problem, or he doesn't care."

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MSNBC's Katy Tur on Friday shared the details of some of the most hateful and violent comments she has recently received that, she says, have been inspired by President Donald Trump's anti-media rhetoric.

"Either the president doesn't get the problem, or he doesn't care," she said. 

"Sadly, the harassment and threats are not stopping," she continued. "Journalists get them every day. We've been getting them since the campaign when then-candidate Trump urged the crowd to yell and scream at us. But what you saw and still see on TV, those boos and those taunts, are only part of it. What you do not see are the nasty letters, or packages, or emails. The threats of physical violence. 'I hope you get raped and killed,' one person wrote to me just this week. 'Raped and killed.' Not just me, but a couple of my female colleagues as well."

She added:

And in case you want to argue that this has nothing to do with the president, the most recent note I got ended with 'MAGA.' So if anyone in the administration cares about the safety and security of journalists, the health of a free and unintimidated press, and by extension, our democracy as a whole, please say something to your boss, to your dad, to your commander-in-chief, before it is too late. Obviously, I'm not talking to you, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You made it clear where you stand yesterday.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Sanders was asked if she believed the media is the "enemy of the people," as Trump has often claimed. She refused to distance herself from this rhetoric.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.