One ridiculous American Muslim is standing behind the erratic trash talker Donald Trump and all his racist, xenophobic nonsense.
Sajid Tarar, founder of “Muslims For Trump,” recently sat on CNN debating with the liberal Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, a VICE correspondent and Columbia University adjunct professor.
Their debate centered on whether or not Muslims should be supportive of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, who has repeatedly expressed xenophobic rhetoric including closing the U.S. borders from not only our southern neighbors, but for members of the foreign Islamic community as well—some of whom have been displaced by war.
According to a Washington Post/ABC poll, 54 percent of Republicans supported a ban on overseas Muslims, as did 15 percent of Democrats.
Let's rewind to December of last year , when Trump famously proclaimed that all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States "until our country can figure out what is going on."
He also called for a surveillance campaign against mosques and expressed interest in establishing a database for all Muslims living in the U.S.
Most recently, within the past few weeks, Trump has appointed former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to lead an investigation into international and homegrown terror threats.
Trump is calling for even greater surveillance, which is absurd considering that already under Obama’s jurisdiction, when a new person visits a mosque the community is often wary of whether or not the person is an undercover FBI agent snooping for religious extremists.
The suspicion among fellow Muslims is palpable. In light of recent political times, it is not uncommon for fellow Muslims to distrust each other, as in not knowing if they are working undercover for the FBI or other secret watch groups.
Clearly, the paranoia amongst American Muslims is already well-established in the post 9/11 political landscape. A group titled 'Muslims for Trump' would indicate that we are in a post-post 9/11 arena, but that simply is not the case these days. There is enough suspicion within the American Islamic community itself without needing politicized parameters to increase this.
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