style[amp-boilerplate] Iranian neuroscientist and his girlfriend are abused on New York subway by man who said 'Trump is in the house'
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Iranian neuroscientist and his girlfriend are abused on New York subway by man who said 'Trump is in the house'

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A Neuroscientist from Iran, Masih Rahmati and his girlfriend Mahsa

Mehrdad suffered abuse at the hands of a man who racially abused them

and yelled death threats saying 'Trump is in the house'. Ms Mehrdad

filmed the latter part of the exchange and posted the shocking video

on Facebook. During the tirade, the man said:



'Go back to your own country', 'Donald

Trump is in the house' and 'I'll kill all

three of you at one time'. Ms Mehdrad

posted an account of the shocking

encounter on Facebook along with the

video.



She wrote:

'We noticed him getting on the train at 42nd St because he was looking

at us hatefully and grumbling something under his breath. 'When the

train got less crowded at 59th St, he started cursing loudly the whole

way till 125th St. I only captured the last minute but he said several

times that he would kill us right then and there because we were

terrorists.



'We tried to stay calm and ignore him. The whole experience was sad

and shocking and brought a question to my mind. 'What should we do in

a situation like this? Should we remain silent or

should we do something? What is a proper action to shut down racist

comments while not escalating the situation?' Local media reports that

the couple were going to make a formal report to the police but were

advised the man was unlikely to face prosecution because he looked

mentally unstable.
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