Business Owner Gets Threatening Email For Knitting ‘Pussy Hats’

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“We are compiling a list of local Leesburg businesses that are openly hostile to customers who voted for Donald Trump,” stated the email.

A Virginia business owner found an ominous email threatening to call her out for being “openly hostile” to Trump supporters.

Nicole Morgenthau, who owns Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio, said in a Facebook post that someone had complained about her being a Trump hater. She also posted a screenshot of the email which read:

“Are you an anti-election establishment?” the email began. “We are compiling a list of local Leesburg businesses that are openly hostile to customers who voted for Donald Trump.”

The letter then ended with a “word of advice” and a warning:

“Before we publish, we’d like to give the opportunity to refute tips we’ve received. If we hear nothing, we will assume these comments are legitimate and will publish your information in an upcoming guide.”

Morgenthau said she believed the sender of the email found out her company supported the Women’s March and knitted “Pussy Hats,” and it was probably that which prompted them to write the email.

“My immediate reaction was a little bit of fear,” she said to a local newspaper. “Immediately I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going to happen?’ The business is like my fourth child.”

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“We are not and never have been hostile toward any human being who wishes to step foot in the front door of Finch. As a matter of fact, the very groundwork of Finch has always been to be a place of inclusiveness,” Morgenthau wrote. “We acknowledge and embrace that we have customers who come from a wide variety of political, racial, and religious backgrounds. Just as this diversity of beliefs occurs in many of our own families, the Finch family is a safe haven, a neutral space where any and all beliefs are sacred and anybody should feel welcome. All belong here.”

She also added, “We carry yarn and we teach people to knit, but we didn’t do an event specific for [the march]. I take it very personally who comes in my door every day. I know people very well who voted on both sides. I hope both sets of people will find common ground.”

It’s understandable that Morgenthau felt scared because the threatening email echoes the stance the Nazi took in 1933, during which they boycotted Jewish businesses and professionals as an act of revenge for negative press coverage. The Star of David was painted on every establishment’s door along with anti-Semitic slogans and the boycott was followed by vandalism of property and acts of violence against Jews.

Which begs the question: is history repeating itself?

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