A Chicago couple is claiming its support for President Donald Trump has resulted in significant and continuous harassment from anti-Trump leftists, forcing the retail side of the business the couple owns in Chicago to shut down indefinitely.
Suzzanne Monk and Alexander Duvel appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” Sunday morning, during which the married couple explained they have been receiving numerous threats from people angry at Monk and Duvel for openly supporting Trump.
“Well, I attended the [Trump] rally at the UIC Pavilion that got shut down, and while my husband was discussing that online, we actually drew some attention from the left, and they outed us at that point as Trump supporters,” said Monk. “And since that point, we have been receiving online threats, ratings wars, just called every name in the book online, YouTube harassment, and recently, what we’ve found is that they’re actually even talking to other musicians and threatening people who would do business with us who didn’t even vote for Trump. So, it’s kind of a tragic situation.”
The couple’s store, Worlds of Music, sells and repairs exotic musical instruments in Chicago.
The rally Monk referred to was a Trump campaign event scheduled at UIC Pavilion in Chicago in March 2016, held prior to Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination. The rally was abruptly canceled on the day of the event due to significant security concerns and violent rallies held by anti-Trump protestors across the city. Thousands of Trump supporters were left waiting at the UIC Pavilion before being told the event had been canceled.
Monk and Duvel also said they have lost friends as a result of their open support for Trump.
“It started out with a lot of strangers and people I didn’t know, but as it has gone on, it is surprising to see people that Alex has performed music with, people that we’ve known and I’ve had in my home, turn around and decide we’re white supremacists, we’re xenophobes—not out of any evidence,” said Monk. “The only evidence they have is that we voted for Donald Trump.”
Monk and Duvel say they will continue to operate some aspects of their business online, but they will close the retail side of the store in April due to the backlash. They claim they’ve spent their entire life savings on the business.