The family of the young couple who died protecting their baby from the El Paso gunman said they have received death threats because they met with President Trump, according to the Daily Mail.
The baby’s parents, Andre and Jordan Anchondo, were killed by a gunman in the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people dead and many others wounded.
The president visited El Paso after the shooting and took a picture showing First Lady Melania Trump holding little Paul Anchondo when the President smiled and gave a thumbs up. Tito Anchondo, the baby’s uncle was also in the photo.
Tito Anchondo, a Trump supporter, told National Public Radio, “I want to see his reaction in person. I want to see if he’s genuine and see if my political views are right or wrong and see if he feels maybe some kind of remorse for statements that he’s made.”
According to the Daily Mail, Tito Anchondo said he also received death threats after the photo went viral.
“We should be coming together as a country at this time instead of threatening each other with hate messages,” he said.
Tito Anchondo added that President Trump “was just there to give his condolences and he was just being a human being”.
“Is it that hard to try and understand that a family is trying to not be sad at a moment like this? We’re trying to be as strong as we can. My brother is gone,” Anchondo said.
According to the Daily Mail, John Jamrowski, the grandfather of Jordan Anchondo, said he was informed by the hospital of the president’s visit and to invite his family to schedule a meeting with the president. Jamrowski said he wanted to avoid making a political statement if he declined to meet with the president, saying “We’re politically neutral,” Jamrowski said. “We discussed it as a family and said, ‘You know what, this could be spun around.’”