Emmy Rossum
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Shameless star Emmy Rossum has become the target of anti-Semitic tweets following her comment on Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 US presidential election.

"Trump supporters are sending me messages threatening to send me & my 'ilk' to the gas chambers & writing hashtags like '#sieg hiel (sic)," the singer/actress, who identifies as Jewish and is a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, wrote on Twitter. "NOT OK."

"Telling anyone to 'get ready for the trains' in reference to WWII is disgusting & offensive. Reporting you to Twitter is not enough," Rossum added. "Back off."

USA Today reported that prior to Rossum's revelation, Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani shared a tense encounter he and co-star Thomas Middleditch had with two Trump supporters while at a bar in the Silver Lake district of liberal-leaning Los Angeles.

Nanjiani said the supporters joked about trolling the actors on Twitter about Trump, attempted to engage in a political debate, and began to call the actors "cucks" — short for the derogatory "cuckservative," a portmanteau of the word "cuckold" and "conservative"— after Nanjiani stated they did not want to discuss politics.

After the election last week, Rossum explained why Trump's rhetoric affected her so strongly. "It's hard to understand how so many people saw something so differently than you did. It feels personal to so many," she tweeted.

"I am a woman. I am Jewish. I am marrying an Arab-American. My sister-in-law is handicapped. I'm a victim of sexual violence. It's personal. We are in this together."

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