Skip to comments.Muslims Deserve President Who Defends Them When Attacked: Mosque bombed, Trump still silent
Posted on 08/12/2017 8:23:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
President Donald Trump desperately needs us all to know how important the battle against terrorism is to him. He tells us in speeches that he's "working night and day to keep our nation safe from terrorism." He flexes his Twitter fingers after any act of terror allegedly caused by a Muslim person hits nearly anywhere around the globe. But when an act of extremism appears to have been carried out against the Muslim community in the United States, he serves up radio silence.
At around 5 a.m. on August 5, a bomb exploded at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, while more than a dozen Muslims from the community were inside preparing for Fajr, the early-morning prayer. No one was injured in the blast, which was reportedly caused by an IED (improvised explosive device) that started a fire in the office of the imam and president of the mosque. The FBI's Minneapolis division has stated that the mosque bombing is a top priority. At a news conference, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation, Rick Thornton, said, "At this point, our focus is to determine who and why.... Is it a hate crime? Is it an act of terror." Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota, labeled the attack "a criminal act of terrorism."
Though a major American intelligence agency is taking this very seriously, the White House's response to the bombing came from Trump's national security adviser Sebastian Gorka, who stated that the White House will not comment on the bombing because it may have been a fake hate crime.
"Theres a great rule: All initial reports are false," he said. But Trump rarely waits on facts before oozing out an unqualified, nonfactual take about a potential terror incident that has been allegedly carried out by a Muslim extremist. The president has remained active on Twitter since the bombing but has made no mention of this apparent terror attack, because Gorka's "great rule" is never applied by Trump when the narrative of an issue can fit into his myopic, xenophobic worldview.
According to The Washington Post, Trump tweeted about Muslims and terrorism three and a half hours after the 2015 attacks in Paris, then within 90 minutes after a shooting in San Bernardino, California, on December 2, 2015, and after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016, he lashed out at Muslims and terrorism within six hours (it occurred overnight, which possibly delayed his response).
Trump has a track record of immediately denouncing acts of terror committed by Muslim extremists while simultaneously ignoring acts of terror committed against the Muslim community. So as the Post article appropriately asks, "Why won't Donald Trump rush to tweet criticism of attacks on Muslims?" Trump doesn't often condemn Islamophobic attacks and his silence may be interpreted as way of condoning them.
Trump seems to view all Muslims as extremists essentially stereotyping a global community of 1.8 billion people as potential terror threats, which makes absolutely no sense. From his irrational and offensive December 2015 statement, in which he called for banning Muslims from entering America, to Trump's actual travel bans the first of which was issued in January and aimed at seven predominantly Muslim countries it's been clear that his interest is less about protecting Americans and more about framing Islam as a regressive and dangerous religion.
His disdain for the Muslim community led him to launch an unprecedented attack on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the gold-star Muslim American parents of Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War. Trump suggested that Ghazala, who seemed choked up alongside her husband when he spoke publicly about their son at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, didn't speak more because of repressive Islamic rules. He even attacked Sadiq Khan, the Muslim mayor of London, a day after a terrorist attack in the city on June 3, 2017, killed seven and injured dozens more. To call Trump's Islamophobia incidental is to pretend that his streak of appalling and continual disrespect is somehow just an immense coincidence.
But in these days and times, anti-Muslim bias is not circumstantial; it's unrelenting. This population of Americans is currently faced with hatred and violence. The Council on American-Islamic Affairs (CAIR) documented a 57% increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents and a 44% increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims in 2016 over the previous year. Recent headlines include the murder of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best, who defended a young woman in a hijab and another teen from a knife-wielding racist on the eve of Ramadan, and the the assault and murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen during Ramadan. Neither incident warranted a timely sentiment of remorse from Trump to the victims or an impassioned statement against the dangers of extremist terror (although Nabra's death wasn't investigated as a hate crime, I believe that it definitely should have been).
In Canada, just two days after Trump announced his travel ban, a mass shooting occurred in the province where I was born, Quebec. It resulted in the tragic deaths of six Muslim Canadian citizens, and 19 others were wounded. Trump reportedly called Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to offer his condolences, but he didn't issue a public denouncement. The suspect, a 27-year-old white male named Alexandre Bissonnette, was reportedly an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump online.
Had it been a Muslim man who murdered six Christians in a church days out from the initiation of Trump's Muslim ban, would his reaction have been confined to a private phone call or would it have been a nonstop barrage of bigoted fire and brimstone tweets?
Despite calls for Trump to condemn this week's attack in Minnesota, he has instead focused his attention on The New York Times "failing", muttering about "fake news", and deriding Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal as a "Vietnam con artist." Trumps twitter enables us to collectively see into his mind and his heart, and what it has shown is that he cares more about bullying a war vet rather than showing basic humanity to an American community that has already suffered 63 publicly reported mosque attacks nationwide so far in 2017.
It's too late now. Any disavowal of the domestic terrorism that occurred in Minnesota would be nothing more than a forced sentiment, stemming more from an insistence to get his detractors off his back, rather than something genuine. The sad truth is the 45th president of the United States is disinterested in being the president of all Americans.
Muslims cannot be loyal Americans.
It’s against their religion.
America deserves to be muslim free.
Teen Vogue ?
Or anal sex?
If Muslims want a president to defend them against local crime, then they have come to the wrong country. Maybe they should go to a Muslim majority country where the kings and unanimously elected leaders defend each crime victim. And where women are lower than animals.
Moslems deserve rounding up and deporting- citizen or no, nothing more.
And what have the Muzzies done to “deserve” that kind of president? 9/11?
So Trump is bad because he tweeted that terror committed by Muslims was committed by Muslims? And he’s also bad because, when the facts were still unknown, he didn’t tweet?
Got it. Trump is racist.
And why is this kid writing for such a magazine, about the American president, anyway? Is he a Canadian and if not, why should it matter what the AMERICAN president says or doesn't say about some Canadian Muslims?
Or anal sex?
No, no; that’s where we get lawyers.
I wasn’t sure it might be a work accident. How is the investigation going?
Perhaps the author of this screed should take note that in each of these cases, the perps were jihadists, and Trump was correct, because in these cases the perps were not trying to hide their cause. Not to mention the magnitude of these cases was notable.
But who set off explosives [that didn't hurt anyone] at an obscure mosque in MN is as yet in doubt. If the President commented on every explosive set off in the US of similar size or larger, that'd be about 600 incidents a year, last I heard, and that figure was from before 2001 and does not include fireworks.
what percent were staged? and what percentage is taqiya meant to coerce submission?
and if this was self inflicted ???
For every misguided, retarded and moronic “race supremacist” we have a million islams set to kill you in a moments notice.
I’ll stay focused.
Everything I needed to know about Muzzlimes I learned on 9/11, plus all the subsequent loud condemnations from Muzzlime community. And the Muzzlimes observed handing out candy in NJ.
Probably insurance fraud by the burn em and build em muzzies.
Just means last year there were 2 that could at a stretch be called an “attack”...the perp used 1 slice of bacon..
this year there’s been 4 attacks using 2 or more slices of bacon...
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