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Fox News Host Gets Death Threats For Criticism Of Trump (Photos)

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A Fox News host has received death threats for criticizing President Donald Trump's reaction to the violence at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The "Unite The Right" rally, which was held on Aug. 13and was described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States," attracted thousands from neo-Nazi groups, the Ku Klux Klan and other far-right organizations, the Daily Mail reported.

The demonstration was inspired by the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park.

Thousands of counter-protesters were also in attendance, and the event turned violent, culminating in one death and 19 injuries when alleged white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly drove into a crowd of counter-protestors.

Two Virginia state troopers also died when their helicopter crashed while surveying the event, reports The New York Times.

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Trump has been widely criticized for his response to the events at the rally.

According to a New York Times source, a wide range of advisers urged the president to sharply criticize the white nationalists, but instead he placed the blame "on many sides."

Fox News personality Eboni K. Williams joined the chorus of criticism against Trump in her "Eboni's Docket" segment on Aug. 14, accusing him of failing to identify white nationalist groups in his condemnation of the violence.

"When you don't speak out and condemn, that's tacit compliance in my book," she said in an interview with Variety on Aug. 16. "So whether President Trump approves of it actually, or actually wants it, I think is irrelevant because what we know is that these people think they are acting on behalf of the President of the United States."

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In the interview, she reiterated a point made in her "Docket" commentary, saying that Trump's supporters will never turn on him. "I truly believe what he said, that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and they will stand by him," she said. For that reason, many believe he has a particular responsibility to speak out against those of his supporters who represent white nationalist beliefs.

"So I think that empowers him to actually forcefully reject and speak directly to the fears and the anger that's driving this level of violence and white supremacy and Nazism, I think he can actually speak it down in an aggressive way and they will still support him," she added.

Speaking out against Trump angered many viewers of Fox News, which is overwhelmingly pro-Trump. Her personal website typically receives 10-15 emails after each segment, she said, but after her Trump commentary, she received 150 emails, 147 of which were "seething, scathing" takedowns.

One person wrote that she should "meet her maker soon," and "shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets of New York."

Noting that she lives in Harlem, another wrote, "Harlem needs to watch out."

The publisher of her forthcoming book, "Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success," requested that additional security be provided to her by Fox News, which is now escorting her to and from the building when she arrives at work.

Sources: Variety, The New York Times, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Johnny Silvercloud/Flickr / Embedded Images: Fox News via Variety, Viva Editions

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