16 Noviembre 2016 15:34
Islamophobia has been one of the constants in Donald Trump’s speeches during his electoral campaign. He even went as far as saying he’d ban Muslims from entering the country.
However, surprising as it may sound, some of his voters were Muslim.
One of them was former Wall Street Journal reporter and co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, Asra Q. Nomani. This 51-year-old Muslim woman has acknowledged that she kept her intention to vote Trump a secret. But now she’s explained her reasons in an article for The Washington Post.
Here are some of the article’s highlights.
“This is my confession – and explanation: I – a 51-year-old, a Muslim, an immigrant woman ‘of colour’ – am one of those silent voters for Donald Trump. And I’m not a ‘bigot’, ‘racist’, ‘chauvinist’ or ‘white supremacist’, as Trump voters are being called, nor part of some ‘whitelash’. I most certainly reject the trifecta of ‘hatred/division/ignorance’. I support the Democratic Party’s position on abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change.”
“But I am a single mother who can’t afford health insurance under Obamacare. The president’s mortgage-loan modification program, ‘HOPE NOW’, didn’t help me. Tuesday, I drove into Virginia from my hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia., where I see rural America and ordinary Americans, like me, still struggling to make ends meet, after eight years of the Obama administration.”
I am one of those silent voters for Donald Trump. And I’m not a ‘bigot’, ‘racist’, ‘chauvinist’ or ‘white supremacist’, as Trump voters are being called
“As a liberal Muslim who has experienced, first-hand, Islamic extremism in this world, I have been opposed to the decision by President Obama and the Democratic Party to tap dance around the ‘Islam’ in Islamic State. Of course, Trump’s rhetoric has been far more than indelicate and folks can have policy differences with his recommendations, but, to me, it has been exaggerated and demonized by the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, their media channels, such as Al Jazeera, and their proxies in the West, in a convenient distraction from the issue that most worries me as a human being on this earth: extremist Islam of the kind that has spilled blood from the hallways of the Tal Mahal hotel in Mumbai to the dance floor of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.”
“By mid-October, it was one Aug. 17, 2014, email from the WikiLeaks treasure trove of Clinton emails that poisoned the well for me. In it, Clinton told aide John Podesta: ‘We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL,’ the politically correct name for the Islamic State, “and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”
“We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL”
“The revelations of multimillion-dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation from Qatar and Saudi Arabia killed my support for Clinton. Yes, I want equal pay. No, I reject Trump’s ‘locker room’ banter, the idea of a ‘wall’ between the United States and Mexico and a plan to ‘ban’ Muslims. But I trust the United States and don’t buy the political hyperbole – agenda-driven identity politics of its own – that demonized Trump and his supporters.”
“What worried me the most were my concerns about the influence of theocratic Muslim dictatorships, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, in a Hillary Clinton America. These dictatorships are no shining examples of progressive society with their failure to offer fundamental human rights and pathways to citizenship to immigrants from India, refugees from Syria and the entire class of de facto slaves that live in those dictatorships.”