A Jewish woman flying to be with her family in Los Angeles following the murder of 11 worshippers at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, gently passed a note to a supporter of President Donald Trump seated a few rows in front of her.
Public defender Scott Hechinger, a friend of the woman who identified herself as Merissa, shared the note on Twitter.
My friend flying to be w/ her family after synagogue killings gave this note to a man on her flight w/ a MAGA hat. He read it all. “A lot of people on the plane were upset, angry, & scared when they saw your hat. To us, your hat sanctions our death, our murder, our evisceration.” pic.twitter.com/fHuNrnFiLW
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) November 1, 2018
“Dear sir in the pretty red hat,” the letter began. “I am in Los Angeles because my family lives here. We are Jewish. We survived the Holocaust. My family members were murdered in gas chambers — all of them except 5 that lived here. So here I am, on a plane with you. As my father says, we were born with anguish.”
“I flew to Los Angeles because 11 Jews over 55 years old were shot + killed during prayer. After they were shot I couldn’t stop crying. I was afraid. I didn’t want to be alone,” she continued.
“Our president blamed Saturday’s shooting spree on the synagogue,” she noted. “He said if they had armed guards, it would have been fine. Do you have an armed guard when you pray? God should be safe to convene with, right?”
“A lot of people were upset, angry & scared on the plane when they saw your hat,” she continued. “For you, I want to assume it’s about politics, economics and the support of a charismatic man.”
“I wonder if you mean to scare black people, Jews [and] immigrants? To us, your hat sanctions our death, our murder, our evisceration. Because you’re hat supports a man who does little to help us and so much to fuel hatred, violence and cruelty.”
“I hope your good America doesn’t include flushing me and my people out,” she concluded her note.
According to Hechinger, the Trump supporter “read it all.”