Muslim activist Linda Sarsour called President Donald Trump’s new travel ban a “Muslim ban” — despite the fact that the new proclamation now features North Korea and Venezuela, two countries where very few practice Islam.
The White House announced the travel restrictions on Sunday, just as the 90-day travel ban expired. All of the countries featured on the original travel ban list are included on the new list, except for Sudan. In addition to the original countries, North Korea, Venezuela and Chad are now included on the travel restrictions list.
Religion is essentially banned in North Korea, and Muslims only comprise approximately .3 percent of Venezuela’s population. A 2009 estimate concluded that there are roughly 2,000 total Muslims in North Korea while there are an estimated 94,000 in Venezuela, according to the Guardian.
Recently, Sarsour called for Muslims to wage “jihad” against the Trump administration, a comment that she claims was taken out of context.
In February 2015, Sarsour appeared on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow where she claimed that Muslim children were being executed across the United States:
“We come to the U.S., 22 states with anti-sharia bills trying to ban us from practicing our faith, mosque oppositions. We’re fighting, you know, zoning boards across the country. Our kids are hearing this rhetoric; we have people — mosques being vandalized, kids being executed, Islamophobia, leaders on national television saying that, you know, holy wars and these people want to take over America,” she claimed.
In August, one of Linda Sarsour’s associates and an organizer for the Women’s March — who is a convicted terrorist and murderer — was stripped of her citizenship and banned from the U.S. after she lied about her past as a terrorist to immigration officials.