Donald Trump and his supporters bring fear to Minnesota’s Somali community

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Donald Trump brings hatred and racism with him wherever he goes. Most recent case in point: Trump’s rally in Minneapolis last week. The area has a large population of Somali refugees, and after they watched as Trump lashed out at them and his supporters booed them, they’ve been left with lingering fearThe New York Times reports.

The Somali editor of a publication covering immigrant and refugee issues got a threatening phone call. A Somali member of the Minnesota House of Representatives says, correctly, that Trump let his supporters know that “now it’s O.K. to discriminate against Somalis.” An educator in neighboring St. Paul said, “For the president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, to single you out as dangerous hurts.”

And while there have been bright spots, like a Catholic church sermon against xenophobia, the people living with fear because the president of their country targeted them know that all it takes is one racist with an assault weapon or a homemade bomb. And meanwhile they’ve got the state Republican Party gaslighting them by saying that Trump had been taken out of context and of course he didn’t mean the thing everyone—including most definitely his audience of supporters—heard him say.

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

This POS shouldn’t be allowed to run around this country spreading hate and evil. It’s nothing but domesticated terrorism. And I really don’t give a damn if he calls himself the President. I have to laugh, when this country brags about protecting us from terrorism and he lives in the White House.

DHG
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Fear, fear, fear. You can allow it to get to you or not. I am not afraid of much anymore and certainly not Trumpsters. Confront them face to face and they cower.

Inzane
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Inzane

The people need to stand up to this fear-monger… defend the very people who are part of your community! You don’t know which of you will be next on his list.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Go ahead trump. Run your mouth about your hate. Maybe there will be some Muslims in the prison they put you in.