A President Trump hater has Fox News correspondent Brit Hume wondering if Twitter has finally reached a bottom he can’t accept.
The hater recently went after Hume by way of his deceased son, Sandy, who died in 1997 at the age of 28. At the time, he was a reporter at The Hill. He committed suicide after being arrested for drunk driving. He famously broke the story of then-Rep. Bill Paxon‘s (R-N.Y.) attempted coup of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Even Hume — who routinely gets pretty salty on Twitter — was beside himself.
“This is the kind of stuff that makes one wonder if it’s worth being on Twitter,” the Fox News journalist wrote on Sunday.
It’s unclear who the writer of this feed is. But the individual makes a point of viciously going after Fox News personalities like Sean Hannity and former FNCer Bill O’Reilly. The person appears to be a fan of CNN’s Ana Navarro and MSNBC’s Joy Reid.
CNN’s Jake Tapper quickly offered his support. “That’s really vile,” wrote Tapper, who is a near constant presence on the social media medium and often dresses down his critics. “I’m sorry you had to see that, Brit. Horrific. People like that are sad and pathetic and can only find pleasure in causing pain. Please block and move on and don’t give it a second thought. Sick.”
He added, “I don’t know what to say except I’m sorry that evil exists and it has a bunch of Twitter accounts.”
But of course it seemed Hume already had given it a second thought.
Tapper wrote about Sandy Hume’s death back in 1998 in a story called “Suicide Watch” for Washington City Paper.
“Thanks Jake,” Hume replied. “I get this sort of stuff about Sandy every so often. Usually I just ignore it but this one was so bad I thought the sender might benefit from a little exposure. Twitter can be an open sewer sometimes.”
Mary Katharine Ham, a CNN contributor and senior writer at The Federalist, also jumped in to back Hume. Her husband, then-White House technology adviser Jake Brewer, died in 2015 just a few months before she gave birth to a girl. Brewer was hit by a car during a charity bike rice.
“With you, Brit, & praying for y’all,” she wrote. “I also feel like occasionally it’s worth exposing how nasty people can be when they think public figures aren’t real people.”
Hume’s daughter, Virginia, expressed gratitude to both journalists.
“Thank you @mkhammer and @jaketapper,” she wrote.