As Ramadan comes to an end this weekend, there is a major Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr to celebrate, rejoice, and embrace the end of fasting. Thus far, Donald Trump’s recognition of Islam’s holiest month has been limited to a statement that almost exclusively addressed violence and terrorism.
Not only that, but Trump is refusing to host a traditional Iftar dinner–a tradition that dates back more than 20 years, to Bill Clinton’s administration.
Last year, President Obama sent out a unifying statement on the first day of Eid al-Fitr. Two weeks later, he hosted a celebration with the Muslim community at the White House.
“Despite what you may sometimes hear, you’ve got to know that you’re a valued part of the American family, and there’s nothing that you cannot do,” Obama said during a speech, along which chants of “Four more years!” rang out.
The White House confirmed in an email that it would not be hosting an iftar dinner and referred to Trump’s earlier issued statement at the start of Ramadan.
Why am I not surprised?
In his statement, Trump says:
Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity.”
“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values.”
It’s comical how Trump tries to talk about the importance of compassion, when he obviously has none. He can pretend that he cares for the Muslim community, but we all know that his views on Muslims have be anything but kind. With his travel ban and crude gestures, it’s no wonder he canceled the dinner.
Along with his supporters, Trump is a bigot. Our nation doesn’t deserve a president that promotes racism.
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