Alabama family receives demeaning letter over Trump flag
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) - A Fairhope family is speaking out after receiving what they believe is a demeaning, threatening letter from an anonymous source regarding their home and political views.
The family said they believe the letter goes beyond political disagreement and has become an attempt to intimidate them.
Brian Richards said the letter, which repeatedly mocks the appearance of the home and the placement of a Trump flag outside, was placed in his mailbox with no return address or name.
"I'm an American fan. I love this country. I love our president and I want him to succeed. I don't agree 100 percent with everything he's done but he is our president," said Richards.
Richards says his right to show that support is now being targeted by an anonymous stranger.
After moving to Fairhope last month with his daughter to support his mother after his father had passed away, Richards put up both American and Trump flags on his home.
On Monday, Richards said he found the letter in his mailbox.
"It looked like a welcome letter from the city of Fairhope. That's what I was thinking. It said 'New Resident' and my address on there. I opened it up and started reading it and I thought, this is not a welcome letter," Richards said.
Richards said the full-page letter begins by calling him part of the "Trump idiocracy" before insulting his rental home and its appearance. It also told Richards he's "advertising his stupidity" and is proud of racism and hatred.
Richards said the claims couldn't be further from the truth.
"Just 'cause you have different political views doesn't mean you don't have a heart. I want to help people. I want to do the right thing. I'm a compassionate person for everyone," said Richards.
Richards posted a picture of the letter on a Fairhope social media page and quickly had dozens of people jumping to his defense.
"Democrats and Republicans, it didn't matter, they were all commenting the same. They said 'Welcome to the neighborhood' and 'We're not like that.' They were apologizing for this person, whoever it was," Richards said, "I want people to know not to be bullied and stand up for what you believe. We all have differences of opinion in many ways but that's what makes this world great."
Richards said he felt threatened by the letter and plans to add cameras to the property.
According to Richards, the city of Fairhope is aware and plans to notify the police department.