(CNN) – After the tide-shifting Presidential election, messages of hate, some invoking President-elect Trump’s campaign rhetoric, have emerged across the nation.
The day after Donald Trump won, a Muslim in a Seattle suburb found this threatening letter at their home: “We won! Now get your ISIS loving family out of this country or we will do it ourselves and make America great again!”
The Muslim man, who wanted to remain unidentified, said, “We are American. We are Muslim.” The man and his wife have lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years. Their children were all born here. “America’s great because this country has allowed a lot of good, knowledgeable people to come here to make America great.”
The son who found the letter shredded it but not before taking a picture. He was afraid it would scare his parents. The father said he is not afraid but remains vigilant. And above all, he wants to protect the most important person in his life, his wife.
He said, “Nothing is going to happen to her while I’m here. But I’m worried that she’ll be worried. She stays at home most of the day. I don’t want her to be scared.”
(Do you think that Donald Trump should take some of the blame for the behavior that we’ve seen across the country?) He replied, “Yeah, he should take some of the blame. He should actually become a president for all Americans. This is his responsibility. If you want to continue to make this country strong, and the number one country in the world, you cannot bring this weapon down. The strongest weapon you have, being diversity.”
Trump addressed the spate of threats and assaults, telling Lesley Stahl on 60 minutes: “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, ‘cause I’m going to bring this country together.’” (They’re harassing Latinos, Muslims.) “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, “stop it.” if it– if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: stop it.”
This man hopes the person who wrote the letter will see this and come talk with him. “I will defend America all the time. I will defend Muslims all the time. Ignorance usually creates fear. And fear creates hatred and hatred creates violence and violence creates more hatred. And we are going to continue in this cycle until we break it with knowledge.”…and find common ground in love of country.