Mike Krawitz, a Republican candidate for Township Committee in West Deptford, New Jersey, withdrew his candidacy after his history of rape comments caught up with him. Rather than campaigning or relaxing, Krawitz reportedly spent his Labor Day commenting the grossest of things on Daily Beast reporter Olivia Nuzzi's Facebook page.
Nuzzi explained that this is not an isolated incident, as he has been trolling her page since 2014:
“Olivia. You. Call. Yourself. A. Journalist. ?” he asked on Dec. 9, 2014, in response to my story about the impending collapse of the Trump Taj Mahal. “I. Invite. Olivia. To. Contact. Me. So. I. Can. Show. You. Around. The. Taj. Mahal. I’ll. Pay. For. Everything. Mike.” He left his phone number.
A year later, he was still at it. “Stupid Olivia. go back up Obamas. Ass. :)” he said on Dec. 11, 2015.
Despite his history, Krawitz claimed that he was hacked when his name posted the rape comments, even though a comment as recently as the month before followed his similar themes and style guide.
As you can infer by his party affiliation and the way he speaks to women, Krawitz is as aboard the Trump Train as it gets, his Facebook profile picture and cover photo both old magazine covers of The Donald (and not the ones that are critical or display his literal meltdown).
His verbal harassment circulated online and was picked up by the local news, who soon received a handwritten letter of resignation.
In an essay for The Daily Beast, Nuzzi writes how scary it is that Trump's candidacy has enabled such behavior to come out of the shadows, now that "bullying has been rebranded as telling it like it is":
When a former reality TV star can become the Republican nominee while offending and belittling entire genders, races, and religions, why wouldn’t a man seeking local office think that encouraging the rape of a woman he hates is OK?
In a post-Trump world, these trolls virtually harassing women aren't just staying in their mothers' basements: they're running for office.