Muslim woman says Trump backers are supporting ‘hateful rhetoric’

"I get why he's popular: he's an entertainer, he's engaging, there are certainly aspects that appeal to certain parts of society. He even has valid points in some cases," Rose Hamid said

By: Reuters | Published:January 10, 2016 4:22 pm
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A U.S. Muslim woman who was ejected from a Donald Trump rally in South Carolina while engaging in a silent protest said on Saturday she wanted to make the Republican presidential candidate’s backers recognize they are supporting “hateful rhetoric.”

Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant from North Carolina, stood up silently in the stands directly behind Trump during Friday night’s rally when the billionaire businessman suggested that refugees fleeing violence in Syria were affiliated with Islamic State militants.

“I get why he’s popular: he’s an entertainer, he’s engaging, there are certainly aspects that appeal to certain parts of society. He even has valid points in some cases,” Hamid said in a telephone interview with Reuters from her home in Charlotte.

“But they have to recognize what they’re supporting,” Hamid said, referring to Trump’s supporters. “His ramping up of his hateful rhetoric is just not what America is, and it’s not who we are as a country.”

At the rally, Hamid was wearing a white head scarf and a blue T-shirt made by her son emblazoned with the words, “Salam, I come in peace.”

Hamid, who called herself a registered Democrat, said she came to the rally because she had a day off from work and wanted Trump supporters to meet a Muslim in real life. Hamid said she told herself she would stand up quietly if Trump said anything hateful about any group, not just Muslims.

As she stood, people in the crowd around her at the rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina started yelling “Trump! Trump!” as organizers earlier had instructed them to do. Soon afterwards, security officers showed up at her seat and, with little explanation, told her and a friend they had to leave the premises, she said.

“They didn’t even tell us we were causing a disturbance,” she said. “They just said, ‘Come with me, come with me.’ I was asking, ‘Why? Why?’ and they just said, ‘Come with me.'”
Hamid said she was later told she was trespassing at a private event.

APOLOGY DEMANDED

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group, on Saturday called on Trump to apologize after the incident, which ignited a firestorm on social media and prompted criticism by at least one fellow Republican.

“The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nation’s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Ohio Governor John Kasich, another Republican presidential hopeful, said the crowd’s response at Trump’s rally was inappropriate.

“We don’t need to be shouting and booing and scaring somebody who decided to stand up and have some sort of silent protest,” Kasich told reporters on the sidelines of a poverty summit in South Carolina on Saturday.

The incident was the latest controversy involving Trump regarding Muslims. Trump last month advocated banning all foreign Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” In November, he said he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York’s World Trade Center. Fact-checkers have debunked this assertion.

Hamid said some Trump supporters may not be looking past his showy campaign to see the damage he is doing.

“His supporters really need to look at what it is that he’s proposing, and the type of bully mentality that he has of disrespecting people to such a tremendous degree,” Hamid said.

She said she hopes the other Republican White House hopefuls will decide it is better to leave what she called hateful speech out of their campaigns instead of emulating Trump.

“I think that rest of the pack is looking at what Trump is doing and then doing whatever it is they think will get them higher in the (poll) numbers,” she said. “Hopefully, his numbers will drop, and that will give the message to everybody else that the fear-mongering is not the way to go.”

Hamid said she was leaning toward supporting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in November’s election. That said, she said she had not made a decision on who would get her vote.

Hamid is president of a group called Muslim Women of the Carolinas, but she said it is a social organization, not a political one, and was not involved in her action on Friday.

At a rally on Saturday in Ottumwa, Iowa, Trump cited last month’s San Bernardino, California massacre and the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer on Friday by a man who police said pledged allegiance to Islamic State as examples of Muslim anger toward Americans.

“The hatred is so incredible,” Trump said. “And the danger, when we have people willing to fly airplanes into the World Trade Center and many other things, we’ve got to solve it.”

Trump’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the Hamid incident.

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    Sanja
    Jan 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm
    Muhammad said to kill all mom Muslims. Now that is setting she has to address
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    1. मनीष
      Jan 10, 2016 at 8:02 pm
      Donald Trump speaks truth without worrying to be politically correct. I hope he wins the US election and becomes the President of the USA. He is right to mention that there is a Muslim problem in the world. India is suffering due to stupidity of M0han K. G@ndhi, who stopped Indians from Expe11ing Muslims from India.
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        City Hunter
        Jan 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm
        She's absalutly right I do hate her. I wouldn't go to a commie hillary rally. Know when and where your not wanted. Kind of like sharia enforced zones in Dearborn Mich..
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          Drew
          Jan 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm
          Just maybe she was paid by the democrat party to attend. And there's two side to every story ! Also to moron that stated Trump supporters never met Muslims, We buy gas and 90% of gas stations are owned by Muslims.
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            bf
            Jan 10, 2016 at 11:33 am
            I am Canadian living in America. and I can tell you for a fact the typical American is the most FAIR and GOOD PERSON to strangers of ALL religions races and INCLUDING WOMEN. America is a good free place with LEGAL RIGHTS and LEGAL PROTECTIONS for ALL PEOPLES including every religion race and women included. It's the real truth. America is not the problem.. It is the solution. those who BEHEAD LITTLE CHILD because the child is not muslims is the evil of this World. and NO "religion" should run the World. the West understands this.
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              Bhadhra Samaj
              Jan 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm
              In order to Stop the People Hating Islam, Let all those NonViolent Muslims Unite and Stop The Terrorists who give them bad name and ill treatment. If not keep their mouth shut and live their life , rather than pitying about the pseudo Religion and barbaric principles.
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                Richard
                Jan 10, 2016 at 11:14 am
                Hey, muslim woman, tell your radical muslim terrorists to knock it off and maybe the "hateful rhetoric" will cease.
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                  Jai
                  Jan 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm
                  She was trolling Trump's convention. She deserved to be kicked out.
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