Naturally, American-Muslims feared what would happen to them if Trump actually became president.
At first, people tried to stay positive by assuming the media mogul would not turn out to be the bigot that he is.
But since his election, Trump has done next to nothing to ease the worries of minorities, including Muslims. In fact, his rumored appointments of notorious racists and Islamophobes such as Frank Gaffney, Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn have only exacerbated pre-existing fears. In addition, people associated with the president-elect such as RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Charles Higbie are causing more alarm by veiled threats of a possible Muslim registry — or a similar database system — under a Trump administration.
Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom.
Realizing how the current political climate might be upsetting the American-Muslim community, especially in the city home to Trump’s primary residence, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to fight back any future government decision that might pose a threat to the people of his city.
“The president-elect talked during the campaign about the movement that he had built,” the mayor stated during his address at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. “Now, it’s our turn to build a movement — a movement of the majority that believes in respect and dignity for all.”
“And we will fight anything we see as undermining our values. And here is my promise to you as your mayor — we will use all the tools at our disposal to stand up for our people,” he continued. “If all Muslims are required to register, we will take legal action to block it. … This is New York. Nothing about who we are changed on Election Day.”
In addition to reassuring Muslims as well as people belonging to all races and religions, de Blasio also vowed to shield immigrant families threatened with deportation and promised that the unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policing policy would never return to the city.
You can watch his moving speech in the video above.