Watch what happens when Muslims and Trump supporters get invited to the same dinner party

Two days before Sarah went to get her car washed in San Bernardino County, she heard Donald Trump suggesting a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.

Trump called for the ban after a Muslim couple who were supporters of the Islamic State shot and killed 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino. The mass shooting occurred on December 2. Trump called for the ban on Muslims on December 8, and on December 10 Sarah felt the backlash.

According to police reports, a 40-year-old man followed Sarah around the carwash. The mother of three believes the man targeted her because she is Muslim and wears a hijab. The man made threatening statements and told Sarah he didn’t trust her before showing her a knife.

Sarah’s interview with Fusion marks the first time she spoke publicly about the incident.

Fusion correspondent Dan Lieberman invited Sarah to share her story over dinner recently with a group of special guests. For a segment dubbed “Breaking Bread,” Fusion brought together three Muslim-Americans from San Bernardino County together with a diverse group of three Trump supporters.

Among the Muslim-American guests attending the dinner was Malek Bendelhoum, who went to college with Syed Rizwan Farook, the man authorities say carried out the San Bernardino mass shooting in December. Bendelhoum said Farook also prayed at the same mosque he visits but noted they were not close friends.

Also invited to the dinner was Shirley Husar, one of an estimated 18 African American delegates supporting Trump at the Republican National Convention.

Sarah’s conversation with the three Trump supporters offers a glimpse into why people who plan on voting for him continue their support, even after his repeated statements against Muslims and other marginalized groups.

Sarah sat at the table across from the Trump supporters recounting how two days after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee called for the ban on Muslims, a man pointed a knife at her. The man who followed her was arrested and pleaded no contest to exhibiting a deadly weapon and admitted he targeted Sarah. Court records reviewed by Fusion show the man displayed a “deadly weapon in a rude, angry and threatening manner.”

The man served four months in jail and is now facing three years probation and has been ordered by the court to stay away from Sarah.

Sarah’s interview with Fusion marks the first time she spoke publicly about the incident.

“It’s not an isolated incident for women wearing a hijab,” said Sarah, who requested Fusion only identify her by her first name because she fears for her safety.

Sarah said more recently she was grocery shopping with her children when a man started verbally harassing her.

“Women that look outwardly Muslim, we get attacked constantly,” Sarah told Fusion.

A Trump supporter quickly interjected and separated Trump’s comments and the political climate. “Well, it’s not that Trump scares you, it’s the situation. You can’t blame Trump for that,” said Odila Lopez, founder of the Facebook page Christian Latinas for Trump.

Lopez said she was not bothered when Trump claimed Mexico sent immigrants to the U.S. who were drug dealers and rapists. “I didn’t feel offended because there’s some truth to all that,” said Lopez, who grew up in Santa Ana, California with Mexican immigrant parents.

Lopez said her mother was sexually assaulted on a street in Mexico.

“Women that look outwardly Muslim, we get attacked constantly”

- Sarah

Hate crimes against Muslim Americans and mosques in the U.S. have seen a sharp increase since the Paris terror attacks in November that left 130 dead. Anti-Islamic hate crimes in the U.S. over the last five years have averaged around 12.6 per month, but from November 13 to December 13 there were at least 37 suspected hate crimes, according to research by Brian Levin, a criminologist at California State University, San Bernardino. Eleven of those incidents occurred the week following the San Bernardino terror attack.

“The terrorist attacks, coupled with the ubiquity of these anti-Muslim stereotypes seeping into the mainstream, have emboldened people to act upon this fear and anger,” Levin said in an interview with the New York Times.

Sarah said she fears many voters following Trump’s comments in the news don’t discern between statements against Islamic extremists and Muslim Americans.

“When a generalized statement is made by Mr. Trump, that’s when all of us fall into that bucket, said Sarah. “Trump scares me.”

When Trump called for the ban on Muslims coming to the U.S. in December, he said the Muslim extremists have no sense of what is right and wrong. “This country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Trump said.

At the dinner, one Trump supporter asked Sarah if she knew the difference between good and evil. Shirley Husar asked, “Is good and evil important to you? Do you understand that there is that discernment of good and evil in this country?”

Sarah said she was offended by the question. “The fact that you’re asking this, do we care about good and evil, are you kidding me?”

Sarah said a Donald Trump presidency “would change my life completely as I have already felt it.”

Previous “Breaking Bread” segments include What happens when transgender activists and conservatives sit down to discuss the bathroom bill over dinner.

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