Trump, Islamophobia and #MuslimsReportStuff

With one week left until the craziest election of our generation in the United States, discussions about the candidates and process have never been more intense or more ridiculous. With the poll numbers getting closer and closer each day, I am lucky to have family, friends and now this blog to vent.

How is America in this position??

Trump, a wealthy white man, somehow rose to the top to become the presidential nominee despite all of the horrible things he has said and done recently and throughout his life. From sexism to racism to Islamophobia, Trump has managed to belittle and offend almost every minority population in the country.

During the last debate, Trump struck a nerve that led to a quick, hilarious backlash. Answering a question from a member of the audience, Trump responded to a question about Islamophobia by “saying Muslims need to report terrorism.” When I heard this, my mouth dropped open. After all of the anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian comments that Trump has made in the past, the nerve that he has to say this again is incredible. Many others agreed with me as well and the twitter response was immediate. Using the hashtag #MuslimsReportStuff, debate watchers and followers responded with relevant harsh criticism of Trump, commentary on past events and statements made, and even seemingly random, yet amusing, other quips.

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We cannot stand for this. Though the internet world managed to turn this statement against him and make it humorous, we need to unify against Trump. For women, for Muslims and for the entire Western world and Middle East – Trump would destroy any progress made in the last few decades and force oppression of minorities in the worst way. Enough is enough!

Here are a few articles about the debate and twitterstorm, and Islamophobia in general:

http://time.com/4524803/presidential-debate-donald-trump-muslims/

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-debate-islamophobia-42e7fce28a71#.70cy5xxg0

https://lobelog.com/islamophobia-in-the-age-of-trump/

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