Anti-Donald Trump protesters rioting after last week’s inauguration thought they were making a bold statement against capitalists by burning a limousine.
Except they weren’t.
The only thing they accomplished with the move was to cost a Muslim immigrant his livelihood.
Apparently the limo that got torched after inauguration is owned by a Muslim immigrant; driver was Latino, got hurt. https://t.co/UsEU5SyiIB
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) January 24, 2017
Muhammad Ashraf, who owns Nationwide Chauffeur Services and the limousine that was torched by protesters in downtown Washington on Inauguration Day, said the damage could cost his company $70,000, according to Red Alert Politics.
Good job lefties https://t.co/JHowBSTfyO
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 23, 2017
@dcexaminer but hey, they showed those bloody capitalists, Goldman Sachs types…
— Vero Voss (@vossvero) January 24, 2017
“I have a different point of view,” Ashraf told Red Alert, explaining that he was not a Trump supporter. “I did not agree with many of the things he said, but that still does not give me the right to go and affect someone’s livelihood.”
The 58 year-old driver of the limousine, Ashraf’s employee, Luis Villarroel, ended up at the hospital due to cuts from broken glass. Rioters pounded on the car, hurling stones and bricks in his direction after Villarroel dropped off a client in the area, according to Red Alert.
I didn’t realize they actually attacked the limo when there were still people inside it. These jerks put the driver in the hospital. https://t.co/hKC2ilqoNI
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) January 24, 2017
“[We’ve] been in business for over 25 years and this is the first time this has happened,” Ashraf said, noting the medical bills for his driver as well as the $70,000 for the vehicle if insurance doesn’t cover riots.
Ironic how a a Muslim immigrant was negatively impacted by the same protesters who slam President Trump for what they see as anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies.
But other Americans stepped in to make a positive difference, setting up a GoFundMe page to help Ashraf and his company.
GoFundMe page for owner of limo set on fire at inauguration & driver who was injured. https://t.co/C8EhjOD5s9
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) January 24, 2017
When I saw limo aflame, first thought was “that’s someone’s livelihood.” Driver hospitalized. https://t.co/dgOK33eQOF
— Jeff Walton (@jeffreyhwalton) January 24, 2017
Ashraf told Red Alert that any money left after paying for the car and medical expenses for his employee will go to charity.
Twitter users lit their own fire in tweets mocking the rioters and denouncing the senseless act.
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Good job, protesters.
God job. https://t.co/UHQk0BI9iK
— Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) January 24, 2017
@KatiePavlich The “Caring,Tolerant” people.
— joeh1221 (@joeh1221) January 23, 2017
@KatiePavlich @dcexaminer what a shame. Not just a Muslim immigrant but a business owner!
— The Dude Monkey (@LeDudeMonkey) January 24, 2017
@mattdpearce the party of tolerance and diversity.
— Sean Hoffman (@Sean__H) January 24, 2017
@MaryEmilyOHara @2tweetaboutit Seriously what do they hope to gain destroying other peoples businesses and possessions? #selfish
— L. B. (@cat_leslee) January 21, 2017
They told me Muslims would suffer under Trump.
They were right. https://t.co/tyOw7DinD2
— Dr. Kankokage (@kankokage) January 24, 2017
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