A hijab-clad Muslim woman, who was evicted from a Donald Trump rally in January, has been booted out of his campaign event again after handing out pens inscribed with the word ‘salam’ which means ‘peace’. Rose Hamid said a member of the Republican Presidential candidate’s security staff removed her from the event in Charlotte, North Carolina, even before the rally began on the pretext that she was causing a “disturbance”. “I just wanted to let people know that Muslims who don’t support Trump can get along with people who do support Trump,” Hamid told WBTV News.
At the event, Hamid was handing out pens, decorated with a single red rose and the word “salam” which in Arabic means “peace” and is used as a greeting. “I thought it was sweet. I loved the little saying on it,” a Trump supporter was quoted as saying.
Hamid said she was inside the rally having positive conversations with Trump fans. “Those are the reactions I was getting. It was such a good experiment,” Hamid said.
This was the second time Hamid was kicked out of a Donald Trump rally after she was evicted from the business tycoon’s event for a silent protest in January. However on Thursday, she said it was her pens that sent her packing at the hands of a Trump staffer.
“He claimed that I had been at several other disturbances, which is a lie. So that tells me they have a prejudice against Muslims,” she said. She also expressed concerns over what life may be like for her under a Trump presidency. “The fact that he wouldn’t allow me to be there says this is what America is going to be like if he’s president,” she said.
The Republican presidential candidate had previously provoked global outrage by calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US and forcing them to carry special ID cards. Trump has since backed down on the proposal and appeared to deliver an apology to people offended by a string o controversies at his rally on Thursday night.