Trump has a fan base. And that fan base tends to rabidly racist while acting horrified and aggrieved that anyone would call them out on it. Given this, it’s a small wonder that any minority population — especially Muslims — would support the man at all, but apparently they do.
Or, rather, he might like to think they do, but Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) slammed the door on that today when he spelled out, rather clearly, why it would be suicidal for Muslims to support Trump.
Trump’s head foreign policy adviser, Walid Phares, is on record with the Hill as saying that Trump’s campaign had “quietly opened back channels” with Muslim Americans communities and that many of the interactions were prompted by Muslim Republicans “seeking additional information” on Trump’s positions.
“These people know what they want – they’re concerned about the well-being of their communities and believe that Trump has the right economic and social agenda,” Phares said. “But they’re trying to get a handle on how he’ll deal with the Middle East.”
This “right economic and social agenda” apparently includes calling Mexicans rapists and calling for a ban on all Muslim immigration into the United States — although he’s since backed off, calling the latter a “suggestion.”
Because this is the stage we’re at now in political discourse, you can “suggest” banning an entire population of people and everyone nods and says, “oh, that’s totally cool.”
Phares described the proposed ban as an example of how “seriously” Trump takes the “threat of terrorism,” adding:
Right now the ban is just a few sentences in a foreign policy announcement and a tweet, it’s not like he’s written books or published articles or delivered lectures on this. He’ll continue to add context and distinction to his position as he gets new information.
I could explain why that’s utterly absurd, but I think the statistics speak for themselves: Imagine 9/11, except everyone in the towers is under the age of 17. This is what happened last year in the United States when we lost around 3,000 teenagers and children to gun violence.
In order to match the deaths from gun violence in 2015 alone, you’d need a 9/11 to happen seventeen times. Over 50,000 Americans died from gun violence in this country last year, as opposed to the 3,000 some who’ve died from terrorism on American soil since 1995.
This is why I can’t take “save America from ISIS” seriously. If you want to save Americans, save us from ourselves. Because if you can’t muster the energy to care about the 20,000 Americans who died in 2016 alone from gun violence — over a thousand of whom are under the age of 17 — I don’t want to hear shit about 9/11 or terrorism.
The Trump campaign seems fairly confident they can court Republican Muslims, though. Which is why Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison — the first Muslim elected to Congress — poured some cold water on that notion.
During an event hosted by the National Press Club, Ellison attacked the idea of Muslims for Trump:
Muslims who support Trump is like chickens for Colonel Sanders, you know what I mean?
It’s an apt comparison, especially when Trump’s supporters seem to consist mostly of the Chik-Fil-A cows.
You can watch Ellison below:
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