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I was outraged to read the article “Man accused in rant against Muslims is charged with hate crimes.”

First, an innocent Muslim woman was verbally assaulted, and then she and one of her sons were physically assaulted with pepper spray. Police found two loaded guns in the man’s possession. The article goes on to say that the assailant “may have serious mental-health issues” and was homeless. My heart goes out to this woman and her sons.

My anger is not against the assailant directly but rather against President Donald Trump and his supporters, both in and out of office. These people beat the anti-Muslim drum and blow the anti-Islamic dog whistle until someone like this vulnerable person is moved to violence.

Will Lewis, Seattle