Emmy Rossum: Donald Trump supporters have threatened to send me to gas chambers

'Telling anyone to 'get ready for the trains' in reference to WWII is disgusting & offensive. Reporting you to twitter is not enough. Back off,' says the actor

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Emmy Rossum has revealed that she has been subject to vitriolic, antisemitic abuse by Donald Trump’s supporters in the wake of the Republican’s presidential victory.

The 30-year-old actor, who is known for her roles in Shameless and The Phantom of the Opera, said Trump supporters had sent her messages threatening to send both her and her “ilk” to gas chambers alongside hashtags such as “Sieg Hiel”. 

Rossum, who is Jewish, condemned their remarks as “disgusting” and called for those contacting her to back off. 

The actor previously indicated she was a Hilary Clinton supporter and expressed her anger and disappointment over Mr Trump’s win last week. 

“Trump supporters are sending me messages threatening to send me & my “ilk” to the gas chambers & writing hashtags like “#sieg hiel”. NOT OK,” Rossum tweeted.

“Telling anyone to “get ready for the trains” in reference to WWII is disgusting & offensive. Reporting you to twitter is not enough. Back off.”

Rossum urged the people who had criticised her for drawing attention to the abuse to read the feed of a Twitter follower she claimed had contacted her. But the account in question appears to have been suspended.

“I would NEVER make something like this up. I couldn't. For those of you who are shaming me for bringing attention to it, go read his feed”.

“This doesn't scare me. It doesn't cause me nightmares. I find it sad to recognize that this kind of vicious underbelly was there all along,” she said.

Rossum also shared a post by the Anti-Defamation League - an international Jewish non-governmental organisation based in the US which fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. “This is a great organization to pay attention to. This applies to everyone. Hatred on either side of the line is not acceptable. #exposehate,” she said.

Since Mr Trump’s shock victory, anti-hate crime organisations and schools across America have reported a rise in the persecution of minorities. In an interview with CBS on Sunday, Mr Trump said he was saddened by the news.

”Don't do it. It's terrible. I'm going to bring this country together ... I am so saddened to hear that, and I say, 'stop it'. If it helps, I will say this, and I'll say it right to the camera: 'Stop it'.”

Soon after learning of Mr Trump's win, Rossum said: “I was looking forward to the next four years. To having a child, maybe a daughter, under the first female president".

A representative for Twitter did not immediately respond to request for comment.