A 29 year old man has been charged with hate crime for sending a flashing gif which caused Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald to have a seizure.

The man, John Rivello, objected to an anti-Trump statement. He has been indicted on an aggravated assault charge. Police claim the “assault” in question was a hate crime inspired by Eichenwald being Jewish.

Police gained warrants to access Mr Rivello’s online accounts. Documents can be found here. Rivello uploaded an image of himself holding his drivers license. This lead the police to his address and confirmed his identity.


Kurt Eichenwald wrote the 2000 book “The Informant” which was turned into a movie nine years later starring Matt Damon. He has also written for The New York Times and Vanity Fair.

The Maryland man (mugshot pictured) allegedly caused Eichenwald to have an eight minute seizure. Eichenwald previously posted a tweet claiming Donald Trump suffered a nervous breakdown in 1990 and was institutionalised. The unfounded claim sparked outrage.

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Please don’t respond with anything offensive. I am a ginger Scotsman and will have you done for hate crime.