Relating to Trump’s recent retweet, he shared anti-Muslim videos from a white nationalist leader who is part of an organization called Britain First, an organization which has held “Christian patrols” and “solidarity patrols” to keep streets safe from Muslims and Jews. Britain First’s name is meant to convey that Anglo Christians should be superior in the U.K. similarly to the code language that Trump has used such as “Put America First” and “Make America Great Again.” Hence after basically every speech and tweet in which the president invokes such language directed against immigrants and brown and black folks, he gets applauded by white supremacist leaders like David Duke. After the recent Trump retweet of fake videos that stir anti-Muslim sentiments, Duke tweet “This is why WE LOVE TRUMP…”
There is no doubt that hundreds of thousands of Americans who voted for Trump are not white nationalists. Some could not fathom having another Clinton in the Oval Office. Others believed that he could revive the economy and bring industrial jobs back to America. And of course, there were voters who are against abortion and voted for him hoping that more conservative judges would be put on the bench especially the U.S. Supreme Court.
Though there are arguments which can be made for all of the above, it is now time for those voters to admit that we have Bigot in Chief residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Racism and xenophobia can only exist when the majority of people remain silent. Americans of all political persuasions must resolutely state that we want a better America which celebrates diversity and eschews bigotry. “In order to form a more perfect union” as the preamble of the Constitution states requires us to not support intolerance within our midst. Mr. Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets are just another reminder that the most vocal bigot who needs to be confronted in America now is unfortunately our president.
Dawud Walid is currently Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) and an imam who delivers sermons throughout the United States.
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