MPAC Calls on Religious, Political Leaders to Counter Trump’s Inflammatory Tweets Against Muslims

Press Release

November 29, 2017

Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

(Washington, D.C., 11/29/17) - On Tuesday afternoon into early Wednesday morning, President Trump retweeted 3 unverified graphic videos from Jayda Fransen, a leader of a far right nationalist movement in Britain that is known to peddle lies and hateful narratives against minority communities as a means to create divisions and stoke tensions.

In a statement, Salam Al-Marayati, President of the the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said:

“Trump’s tweets, shared to more than 40 million people, stokes fears and creates more divisions in our already fractured society.”

You can’t claim to be a President for all Americans if you scapegoat any group of Americans. In fact, you can’t claim to be President at all if you promote conspiracy theories about any minority.

If moral leadership will not come from the White House, we will need others - religious leaders, political leaders, and everyday Americans - to step up and condemn this behavior and fill the gap.”

Al-Marayati noted British Prime Minister Theresa May was quick to reprimand President Trump for his reckless tweets. In an interview, she said: ‘British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far-right which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents: decency, tolerance and respect.’

“We wish our President would represent these values too,” Al-Marayati added.

American Muslims have experienced more hate crimes with Trump’s campaign and presidency, starting in 2016. Additionally, other Americans who are susceptible to anti-muslim propaganda use this as a resource to support their views and actions against American Muslims.

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ABOUT MPAC

Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a national public affairs nonprofit working to promote and strengthen American pluralism by increasing understanding and improving policies that impact American Muslims. Over the past 30 years, MPAC has built a reputation of being a dynamic and trusted American Muslim voice for policymakers, opinion shapers, and community organizers across the country.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rabiah Ahmed, Media and Public Affairs Director, 202-439-1441 or rabiah@mpac.org

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