As if the death of a loved one wasn’t enough cause for heartache, President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters have added to one family’s woes.
Lizzy Waites, a trans woman living in Pierre, South Dakota committed suicide last week.
Soon after, the suicide note she left on Facebook became focus of a pretty brutal harassment campaign by Trump trolls.
Her partner Amanda said she discovered Lizzy had committed suicide after seeing the note on Facebook – a note which was scheduled to post after she had passed.
Amanda called both their mothers before screen-grabbing the post, which read:
‘I’m so sorry to all the people I hurt by killing myself. I truly am. I’ve been hurting so bad and I can’t form words to communicate it to you.
‘I’m so lonely.’
As Amanda went to write her own comment to her partner, she noticed the horrendous comments that had started rolling in.
A user with a Donald Trump profile picture and the fake name ‘Oi McVeigh’ wrote: ‘Lol good riddance’.
Another, Jaroslav Tipek, changed his profile picture to a photoshopped one of Lizzy’s face before commenting: ‘I am glad he is gone.’
The comments snowballed and the family was forced to helplessly sit back and watch.
A user with the name ‘Donny J. Trump’ left the hashtag ‘#TRANSLIVESDONTMATTER’ as another posted a photo of Trump with the caption: ‘America just became a little bit greater.’
‘It was spiraling out of control really fast’, Amanda said. ‘We had to do something.’
Amanda explained that it took her a while to find a way to have the post removed.
She reached out to Facebook and tried to remember Lizzy’s old passwords.
She finally had some luck when she was able to access Lizzy’s email address on a browser of an old computer the couple shared.
After requesting a new password, the family was able to get on Lizzy’s Facebook and delete all the threatening comments.
‘You do not want that to be her last memory.’
Amanda said Lizzy’s mental health had been in a ‘steady decline’ for years, but had been better over the last few months, although the outcome of the election had a noticeable negative impact on her.