Muslim Community Ponders a President Trump

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Many Muslim Americans took to social media to express fear and dismay at the victory of republican nominee Donald J. Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

Some fear Trump’s rhetoric on Islam and extremism during the campaign will translate into persecution by his followers against them and possible removal of civil rights from Muslim Americans.

Al-Jazeera summed up the mood, leading with the headline “Donald Trump: The Islamophobia President.”

Trump rose to power with an Islamophobic campaign and Islamophobia now will become his official policy” the paper argued.  

Others reacted with defiance.

Others were not so pessimistic. Left wing journalist and activist Rania Khalek, before the election, tweeted that many Syrians she spoke to preferred Trump, because of his more isolationist stance.

Shireen Qudosi, a Muslim-American who openly supported Donald Trump’s campaign spoke to Clarion about why she did not feel afraid of Trump’s victory, instead feeling that his presidency would mark a watershed moment in the ability of activists to discuss issues of Islamist extremism.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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