'Unreal' Hate: St. Jude Family Attacked Online After Thanking Eric Trump for Support
A Memphis woman whose nephew beat cancer said she's experienced hateful online attacks because she thanked Eric Trump for his commitment to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Last month, Sherrie Hopper thanked the president's son for his support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Tennessee on Twitter, and said she and her family are "eternally grateful" for his commitment.
@EricTrump Thank you for your commitment to St. Jude. This St. Jude family is eternally grateful.
— The19StrongShow (@The19StrongShow) June 28, 2018
Eric Trump has reportedly raised more than $16 million for the hospital over the past 10 years.
After Trump shared the post, Hopper posted a video for the "#WalkAway Campaign" saying that the "hate" her family has received online is "unreal."
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) June 28, 2018
Brandon Straka started the "#WalkAway" movement , which shares video stories of people who decide to dissociate themselves from liberalism.
"Now you're going to attack a charity? You're going to attack a St. Jude family? Someone who went through hell for four years? Come on, now," Hopper said in the video.
She added that the media doesn't want to leave Eric Trump alone, and that he wished to remain anonymous in his donation.
"We already went through hell. We don't need you. We don't need this," Hopper said, noting some on Twitter accused her of being a "Russian bot."
Trump thanked Hopper on Monday, tweeting that "nothing is off limits for some."
Thank you for your kind words @The19StrongShow! You are amazing. Sadly,nothing is off limits for some. @StJude is the best pediatric cancer research hospital in the world and a true national treasure - we will win this fight! #HatersGonnaHate https://t.co/DDxJD8BL6H
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) July 8, 2018