Don­ald Trump re­marks on Mus­lims spark so­cial media back­lash

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nominee Don­ald Trump said dur­ing Sun­day’s de­bate that his pro­posal to ban Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the coun­try has “mor­phed” into a plan for “ex­treme vet­ting” of refugees.

Trump said he was wor­ried that refugees from coun­try like Syria could be a “Tro­jan horse.” Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton de­nounced Trump and de­fended bring­ing refugees to the United States.

“We are a coun­try founded on re­li­gious free­dom and lib­erty. How do we do what [Trump] has ad­vo­cated with­out caus­ing great dis­tress within our coun­try?” she said. “Are we go­ing to have re­li­gious tests when peo­ple fly into our coun­try?”

Asked about the is­sue of Is­lam­o­pho­bia, Trump said that while it is an is­sue, Mus­lims who come into the coun­try must “re­port when they see some­thing go­ing on”.

The FBI says Mus­lims al­ready do re­port what they see. This sum­mer, the FBI’s di­rec­tor said “some of our most pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ships are with peo­ple who see things and tell us things who hap­pen to be Mus­lim,” ac­cord­ing to Reuters.

In re­sponse to Trump’s sug­ges­tion that Mus­lims re­port what’s go­ing on, sev­eral Mus­lims be­gan to fol­low his sug­ges­tion.

Other Mus­lims were con­cerned that the can­di­dates only spoke about Mus­lims in re­la­tion to Isis or other ter­ror­ists.

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.

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