Tahnee Gonzales and Elizabeth Dauenhauer were arrested in Temple, Arizona on Thursday for third-degree burglary, and possible hate crimes. Considering they were also training their children to commit these crimes, against a local Mosque, they will likely be facing even more.
The two women brought a girl and two boys on a trip to teach them how to be “American patriots,” which involved breaking into a Mosque and stealing stuff to “expose the evil that is happening in our backyards.”
As they pillage through the property, Gonzales and Dauenhauer spew hateful rhetoric, calling Muslims “devil Satan worshipers,” and encouraging the children to make comments like “they smell like goat,” and “they buy their chicken to rape it.”
At one point, one of the women takes a handful of air fresheners and declares, “we’re going to wipe poop all over these.”
When the children start playing on the Mosque’s funeral van, one of the mothers warns them about the “dead Muslims” and “sex goats” that were stored inside.
Gonzales calls for viewers to “get off their butts” and fight Sharia law. She then declares Deedra Abboud, a Muslim woman running as a Democratic candidate in Arizona for Jeff Flakes’ Senate seat, an enemy of America. Abboud posted on Facebook the women are “not ‘standing up for America’ or representing American values in any way.”
Gonzales was a member of the Patriot Movement AZ, which the Southern Poverty Law Centerhas deemed a “fringe group being energized and influenced by the president’s over-the-top rhetoric on immigrants and Muslims.” However, the budding hate group reached out to Abboud to tell her that they kicked Gonzales out before this incident. She was too extreme for a group inspired by Donald Trump’s bigotry.
The Islamic Community Center is working with Temple Police in the investigation.
“What really affected me the most is seeing those young children getting real-life lessons in hate, that was the thing that made me really, really upset with those people. Those innocent 5-, 6-year-old children are now really learning hate from their parents. It’s really disheartening,” Al-Akoum, the operations director and acting imam of the center, told HuffPost.