Fears that hate crimes against American Muslims could continue to rise
by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 4, 2016:
Republican presidential candidate and likely GOP nominee, Donald Trump, joined the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” this morning to discuss his big Indiana win last night and where he goes from here.
Program co-host Joe Scarborough pressed Trump on whether, as President, he would implement his idea of banning Muslims from entering the U.S. — a proposal Trump has discussed at past campaign events. Trump didn’t reject the idea.
WATCH INTERVIEW ABOVE (if video doesn’t work see video section here: http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe)
SEE SYNOPSIS BELOW from The Hill:
Donald Trump stood by his call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Wednesday, saying he doesn’t care if it hurts him in the general election.
“I don’t care if it hurts me,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday. “I’m doing the right thing when I do this. And whether it’s Muslim or whether it’s something else, I mean, I have to do the right thing, and that’s the way I’ve been guided.”
“And I’ve been guided by common sense, by what’s right,” he continued. “And you see what’s happening. We have to be careful. I mean, we’re allowing thousands of people to come into our country, thousands and thousands of people being placed all over the country that frankly nobody knows who they are. They don’t have documentation in many cases — in most cases. And we don’t know what we’re doing.”
Trump initially called for a blanket ban on all Muslims entering the country in December, following mass shootings carried out by terrorists in Paris and Southern California.
This rhetoric could continue to be dangerous; putting American Muslims at risk for being targeted by more hate speech and hate crimes.
On Monday, Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative published a special report — “When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections” — “highlighting trends and patterns surrounding Islamophobia since the start of the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle… in the broader context of hatred, violence and social hostilities confronting Muslims as a minority faith group in contemporary America and with a particular focus on acts and threats of violence.” READ HERE
“It could get a lot worse for Muslims in America” was the headline of a Washington Post opinion piece by Dana Milbank yesterday, written before Trump’s victory in Indiana. He described how a Muslim woman was recently assaulted outside a northwest DC Starbucks by a white female Trump supporter, just for being Muslim. The Trump supporter poured a bottle of foul-smelling liquid onto her head, on which she was wearing a headscarf.
The victim said the attacker called her a “worthless piece of Muslim trash” and a “terrorist.” And the attacker said she was supporting Trump because he would send the Muslims “back to where you came from.”