A Chicago couple is being forced out of business by the unrelenting left, which insists on bullying them for being proud public supporters of President Donald Trump.
Suzanne Monk and her husband Alexander Duvel, who own ‘Worlds of Music Chicago’ are saying that they are closing down their shop next month because they have gotten such a slew of hate mail.
Monk says the internet bullying started after she publicly stated her disappointment that a Trump rally would be cancelled in the area that she planned to attend. She then attended a different rally and posted a picture, which she says began a slew of random hateful and hurtful messages on her Facebook.
The Daily Mail reports:
Monk attended the rally at the University of Illinois – Chicago and posted to Facebook about her presence there, according to Fox Insider.
Afterwards, she said, many random users began to make incendiary comments on her photos and statuses.
She said: ‘We drew some attention from the left, and they outed us at that point as Trump supporters.
‘Since that point we have been receiving online threats, ratings wars – just called every name in the book.’
The situation which she has called ‘tragic’ led she and her husband to decide to move their store entirely online to stop negative comments that affected their business being posted.
The couple have created a GoFundMe page with the goal of $30,000 to help make up for the business they’ve lost.
Meanwhile, the murder rate in Chicago for 2016 was the most deadly year in the city’s history – with 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders.
Duvel, however, says that he doesn’t intend to let the closing of his shop stop him from doing his work with exotic instruments.
‘I do a lot of really really amazing repair work on a lot of exotic instruments. I plan on very much continuing all of that wonderful part of what we do to serve our community,’ he said.
He continued: ‘I teach, i’m definitely a very, very sincere performer of live music, ethnic musical instruments.’
For both, it was a difficult experience of feeling like they weren’t accepted by a community which they’ve called home for decades.
Duvel said: ‘ Friends made me feel like i was becoming a liability to them because they couldn’t associate or recommend my shop and business, simply because of their peer group being so seriously anti-Trump that even associating with me would be a problem.’
The ‘bullying’ led Monk to write a letter to the editor of Crain’s, a weekly Chicago business newspaper.
She said: ‘People I’ve had in my home have turned around and decided we’re white supremacists, we’re xenophobes, not of any evidence just that we voted for Donald Trump.’