Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump apologised for his crass remarks about women, in a 2005 video, it was not surprising that he continued to say things that are not exactly expected from someone running for the president’s post.
In between rants of making “America great again”, Trump also talked about his proposed policy of a “Muslim ban”. He said “people are coming into our country like we have no idea who they are,” and termed immigration “the great Trojan horse of all time.”
His stand was soon to generate a Twitter reaction, with people calling Trump out for projecting such policies and stands throughout his campaign, and now at the debate. Further, Trump stated that Muslims must report when they see something is going on. “When they see hatred going on, they have to report it,” he added.
In response to Trump’s suggestion that Muslims report what’s going on, several Muslims began to follow his suggestion. First, the following tweet went viral:
Moustafa Bayoumi, a writer and a professor at New York’s Brooklyn college won the Internet with his hilarious tweet! He said: “I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri. #debate”
I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri. #debate
— Moustafa Bayoumi (@BayoumiMoustafa) October 10, 2016
The tweet set Twitter ringing soon after, with people lauding Bayoumi on Twitter, and calling his tweet the best tweet of the day.
— Shaista Aziz (@shaistaAziz) October 10, 2016
— Donna Auston (@TinyMuslimah) October 10, 2016
Other Muslims were concerned that the candidates only spoke about Muslims in relation to the Islamic State or other terrorists.
I’m a Muslim and, just once, I’d like to hear candidates talk about me neither as a terrorist nor as eyes and ears on terrorists. #Debates
— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) October 10, 2016
— Zeba Khan (@zebakhan) October 10, 2016
Republican voters are more likely to suggest that the values of Islam are at odds with an American way of life. According to a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll, 79 percent of Republicans say this, compared with 42 percent of Democrats, or 57 percent of Americans.
Many Americans (59 percent) believe American Muslims face “a lot” of discrimination, with 74 percent of Democrats compared with 42 percent of Republicans, according to the Pew Research Center.