A Muslim Trump voter spoke about President Trump’s “Muslim ban,” the president’s rhetoric, and the failure of American liberals towards the Muslim community at Georgetown University Wednesday night.
“We have failed to apply our own standards and our own values of liberalism to the Muslim community,” said Asra Nomani, speaking with Jacques Berlinerblau of Georgetown’s Center for Jewish Civilization. “We can’t use the idea of Islamophobia to shut down the conversation and that is what’s happening.”
Nomani was previously the target of verbal attacks including, “F*** YOU” and “GO TO HELL,” by Georgetown professor Christine Fair. (RELATED: ‘F*** YOU: Georgetown Prof Loses It On Muslim Trump Voter)
“If we are opposed to racial discrimination in America, then we are opposed to apartheid in South Africa,” said the Muslim Trump voter and former Georgetown journalism professor, alluding to the supposed hypocrisy of American liberals, who will criticize injustice within the U.S. but not in other countries or cultures.
“The headscarf is a symbol of thinking that is illiberal,” insisted Nomani, referring to her belief that Muslim headscarves are oppressive, even the American flag variants she saw at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
Participants in the Women’s March on Washington were paid by left-leaning billionaire investor George Soros. Nomani suggested that people must be critical of donors from both sides of the political aisle, describing how she analyzes donations made by both George Soros and the Koch brothers and encourages students to do the same.
“This campaign that would begin #MuslimBan was part of what I would consider a hashtag intifada,” said Nomani, addressing the left-wing response to President Trump’s Executive Order #13769. “[It was] very much a partisan effort by partisan, identity politics to try and subvert our administration.”
The Muslim Trump voter suggested that left-leaning organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Watch enticed thousands of people to protest the executive order at airports.
Nomani used the term “high context communication” to classify some Trump phrases like “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” She believes that the President uses figurative language to communicate some points.
After speaking with Berlinerblau, Nomani took questions from the audience.
A couple of audience members mentioned identity politics, as well as remarks by Trump that they deemed offensive.
Nomani explained that Trump has raised a powerful daughter and has helped expose the vices of alcohol following the alcoholism-related suffering endured by his brother. She also addressed identity politics.
“I don’t buy the assumption that because of whatever identity you are born … that you cannot speak to [another one].” The Muslim Trump voter also referred to a certain “empathy track” that she believes closes in some people’s minds upon learning that the person to whom they are talking voted for Trump.
While she refused to debate Nomani, Prof. Fair voiced her opinions of the guest speaker on Twitter.
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