Trump to blame for rise of Is­lam­o­pho­bia: Khan

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US Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump is re­spon­si­ble for the rise of in­tol­er­ance to­wards Mus­lims, says Khizr Khan, who has sparked a firestorm with his re­marks about Trump at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion (DNC).

“You see peo­ple wear­ing scarves, peo­ple are point­ing fin­gers at them and throw­ing them out of flights and call­ing them names when they pass by and all of that,” Khizr Khan told Cap­i­tal Down­load on Mon­day.

Khan, the fa­ther of a Mus­lim US sol­dier who was killed in Iraq, made head­lines last month when he called out Trump on his pro­posed ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the US.

Trump em­broiled him­self in yet an­other con­tro­versy, when he be­lit­tled Khan’s wife, Ghaz­ala, in re­sponse.

Kahn said on Mon­day that Trump’s rhetoric against Mus­lims, com­bined with his im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, make him a cul­prit in fu­elling the Is­lam­o­pho­bic trend.

“Most Amer­i­cans are against this kind of non­sense, but there is an el­e­ment that has got­ten voice, has been en­cour­aged by this po­lit­i­cal rhetoric, and es­pe­cially this elec­tion sea­son has made it worse,” he noted.

Trump’s re­sponse to the Khan fam­ily caused a se­ries of bi­par­ti­san con­dem­na­tions. A group of US mil­i­tary veterans have vis­ited Congress to de­nounce the can­di­date and urge Repub­li­can law­mak­ers to with­draw their en­dorse­ment of him.

“Don­ald Trump’s hate speech, big­otry and un­abashed in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence against mi­nori­ties, to in­clude the Mus­lim com­mu­nity, des­e­crate the very val­ues of lib­erty and equal­ity which we as Amer­i­can mil­i­tary veterans swore an oath to pro­tect,” said Mus­lim Navy vet­eran Nate Terani.

Amer­i­can Mus­lims have also ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion with the anti-Mus­lim rhetoric in the 2016 elec­tion cy­cle.

The en­try ban has been one of sev­eral con­tro­ver­sial state­ments the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man has made about Mus­lims this year, in­clud­ing the idea of set­ting up a reg­istry for Mus­lims liv­ing in the US and mon­i­tor­ing their mosques. — PressTV.

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