Nora Nashawaty, a 23-year-old Syrian-American student living in Chicago, said of Trump: “We know he doesn’t want to listen to us, and we know that he sees us as less than human.”
She knows that? Muslims know that? On what basis? Has Trump ever said anything remotely to that effect? Of course not. She says that because Trump has proposed a temporary ban on immigration from Muslim countries, so as to keep jihad terrorists out. The alternative to this proposal is to let in jihad terrorists who will kill Americans. Imagine how she would react if she ever encountered someone who really thought she was less than human. But this rhetoric is deliberately hysterical: it is designed to intimidate people into opposing measure such as that immigration ban, on the grounds that it is tantamount to considering Muslims less than human.
…“Trump does not work from within the system. With Clinton, even those of us not with her, we have connections and we know we can work within existing systems to change things,” Nora Nashawaty, a 23-year-old Syrian-American student living in Chicago, told me. “We have none of that with Trump. We know he doesn’t want to listen to us, and we know that he sees us as less than human.”…
Trump has targeted Muslims since the early days of his campaign, calling for a ban on them entering the U.S., and suggesting that they carry identification cards. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported an “unprecedented spike” in Islamophobic hate crimes “attributed at least in part to statements and policy proposals made by public figures like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.” A Georgetown University report confirmed CAIR’s statement, saying there were 53 attacks against Muslims in December 2015. Meanwhile, only two such attacks happened at the start of the election season.
There is, of course, only Hamas-linked CAIR’s word that these attacks took place, and they’ve been known to lie about this in the past. Nor is there any connection between those attacks and Trump, except in Hamas-linked CAIR’s rhetoric.
But Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR’s Los Angeles chapter, urged his fellow Muslim Americans to stay strong in the face of a hostile president.
“Regardless [of] who won or lost, American Muslims are here to stay in their country. We are proud to be American Muslims, “ Ayloush, 46, told me. “We are not going anywhere; we will not be intimidated or marginalized; and we will continue to mobilize and strive to challenge bigotry, uphold justice, and protect our and everyone’s freedoms and rights.”