- Oz Dillon had been sending anti-Muslim tweets at a Democratic candidate for US Congress in Virginia.
- While he found the comments were “deeply hurtful,” the candidate, Qasim Rashid responded by donating toward Dillon’s family’s medical expenses. Others have followed suit.
- The act of kindness sparked Dillon to have a change of heart and regret his racist actions.
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As Qasim Rashid, a Democratic candidate for US Congress in Virginia, ran for office, he came under attack online.
One constituent, Oz Dillon, sent Rashid racist and anti-Muslim tweets. A staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, Dillon has relentlessly attacked Democrats with offensive tweets under the handle @OdeeSomething. In the past month, he’s called California Rep. Adam Schiff, who is Jewish, a Nazi; said Muslims practice pedophilia; and called Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren a “lying hag.”
“We do not need you … in our nation. Let alone any seat of office above street sweeper,” he tweeted at Rashid.
Dillon is also in extraordinary medical debt. He’s running a GoFundMe campaign to raise $US26,237 goal to cover expenses for his wife’s health issues.
And despite saying the tweets were “deeply hurtful,” Rashid by donating to Dillon’s fundraiser to help pay off the debt. He shared Dillon’s tweet with a link to Dillon’s GoFundMe campaign.
“My faith instead teaches me to serve all humanity-so I’ve donated $US55 to his GoFundMe to help him & his family cover crushing medical debt,” Rashid wrote.
“He wrote me a thoughtful & compassionate apology & asked me to visit him,” Rashid tweeted. “Today I met my new friend Oz.”
At the time, Dillon had only raised about $US1,000 toward his campaign. Rashid’s supporters followed suit and have since donated more than $US18,000.
Idk who @OdeeSomething is but he tweeted a deeply hurtful & false attack on me for my faith
My faith instead teaches me to serve all humanity—so Ive donated $55 to his GoFundMe to help him & his family cover crushing medical debt
— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) February 23, 2020
Oz said he regrets his comments
Oz said in follow-up tweets that Rashid’s kindness has humbled him.
“Qasim, we have since talked & met over coffee, and I admit I am humbled beyond imagining that you, who I had been told was “the enemy of freedom & America” would be so gracious towards my family,” Dillon wrote on Twitter. “Especially after the grievous affront I threw at you in my own blind ignorance…”
Dillon said he and Rashid conducted an interview with CBS News and would not speak to other news outlets until it airs Friday.
On the GoFundMe page, Dillon wrote on Wednesday that he will be shutting down his plea for donations on Sunday.
…you have reopened my eyes to the fact that their are indeed GOOD PEOPLE IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE!
Peace be with you, sir.
— Odee Something (@OdeeSomething) March 11, 2020
“With $US471.00 a month, can you feed a family of 6? That’s what we have left after the mortgage & all bills have been paid,” Dillon wrote. “It is tough, but not impossible.”
Dillon said he will donate funds that exceed his family’s debt to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The American Heart Association, and a local food bank.
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