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How a Single Trump Tweet from 2015 Is Still Leading to One Teenage Girl's Harassment

A single tweet then-candidate Donald Trump sent about a teenage girl back in 2015 is still having an impact — and it's not a good one.

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Lauren Batchelder was 18 when she asked Donald Trump a question at a town hall type of event in New Hampshire in October of 2015. "If you become president, will a woman make the same as a man," Batchelder asked, "and do I get to choose what I do with my body?"

"You're going to make the same if you do as good of a job, and I happen to be pro-life, okay?" Trump responded.

Two days later, Trump tweeted the following:

That's when the harassment began.

Batchelder, as New York Magazine's The Cut reports, was not a "Jeb staffer." She volunteered for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign:

Following Trump's tweets the internet harassment began; Batchelder was suddenly confronted with threatening phone calls, Facebook messages, and emails from Trump supporters. They found her address and posted it online.

"I didn’t really know what anyone was going to do," Batchelder told The Washington Post on Thursday. "He was only going to tweet about it and that was it, but I didn’t really know what his supporters were going to do, and that to me was the scariest part."

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According to The Post, she says the abuse hasn't stopped. Five days before the election, she received a Facebook message declaring, "Wishing I could f---ing punch you in the face. id then proceed to stomp your head on the curb and urinate in your bloodied mouth and i know where you live, so watch your f---ing back punk."

Batchelder is not the only private citizen that Trump has targeted on Twitter.

On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about Chuck Jones, the president of the United Steelworkers 1999, who before today, wasn't even on Twitter.

Jones previously said Trump "lied his ass off" when Trump proclaimed he made a deal with Carrier, an air conditioning company, to keep 1,100 jobs from going to Mexico. Jones says it was only 800 jobs.

Trump then tweeted about Jones, which resulted in Jones being harassed by Trump supporters.

"I'm getting threats and everything else from some of his supporters," he told NBC News. "I'm getting them all day long — now they're kicked up a notch."

Jones joined Twitter today, declaring he was standing up to Donald Trump:

Trump has defended his use of Twitter.

On Wednesday, he told "Today's" Matt Lauer that he believes he is "very restrained" with his tweeting.

"Frankly," he added, "it’s a modern-day form of communication...I get it out much faster than a press release. I get it out much more honestly than dealing with dishonest reporters because so many reporters are dishonest."

[H/T The Cut]

Update: 12/9/2016 5:37 p.m. PST: This piece was updated to reflect that Chuck Jones now has a twitter account and tweeted about President-elect Donald Trump.