An ad put out by Royal Jordanian airlines on Election Day jokes about Trump’s notorious Muslim ban, The Washington Post reported. Evidently, it’s hard for the global community to take the Republican candidate seriously, while some Americans are sweating bullets at the thought of a Donald Trump presidency.
The tongue-in-cheek advertisement for Jordan’s national airline reads, “Just in case he wins… Travel to the U.S. while you’re still allowed to!” Jordan is a Muslim-majority nation with 93 percent of the population considered to be Muslim.
While the ad is admittedly pretty funny, it points to what a potentially dangerous leader — or dictator —Trump could become if elected to the presidency on Tuesday evening.
Muslims constitute only about 1 percent of the American population, with about 3.3 million people following the faith in this country. Yet, their role in this election cycle has been carried to the forefront of national security policy for Trump, whose ban on for foreign Muslims traveling to the United States has had several incarnations.
According to Business Insider, Trump initially called for a ban on all foreign Muslims coming into the U.S., but then later revised this claim.
He more recently declared his policy would be that Muslims from “terror states” would not be permitted to enter and refugees could be allowed in only if granted “community support.” Either way, aggressive profiling based on religion and ethnicity lies at the center of these policies.
As The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson aptly explained, Trump’s targeting of Muslims in general was an elaborate, nativist scheme to draw the appeal of voters. But it also threatens American democracy.
Although the Royal Jordanian ad might be amusing, it also underscores the global impact the future American president will have.
There are 1.6 billion Muslims internationally, and making them undergo “extreme vetting” based on their country of origin in order to enter the U.S. will inevitably create a hostile environment towards immigrants.
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