Iowa mosque vandalized

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The name "Trump" was spray-painted in red on the outside wall of a mosque in Waterloo, Iowa.

"I don't understand what kind of message they're trying to send," said Seema Khan, a member of the Waterloo Islamic Center. "I don't think even think they understand what they're doing."

Black Hawk County Republicans don't think the vandalism was done by a Trump supporter and they don't condone that type of behavior. "This campaign has brought passionate feelings on both sides and we would hope this kind of behavior would cease and be replaced by actual conversations about opposing ideas," read their statement.

"People have been talking about incidents like this across the country, but we did not imagine it would happen this close to home," said Khan. "There was a lot of anger, there were a lot of tears, there was a lot of frustration. More than anything, there is a lot of fear."

"He wants to ban Muslims," mosque member Dema Kazkaz said of presidential candidate Donald Trump. "He wants to have gadgets on us to monitor where we are going. The increase of Islamophobia {is} because of his dangerous rhetoric that he was using against us. It's going to take years and years of hard work to replace it with a good image of Muslims."

Police are investigating.