Hundreds of activists rallied on Thursday in ahead of Donald Trump’s hotel in town New York City to condemn the Republican 2016 presidential candidate’s call to bar Muslims nonce from entering the United States.
Chanting “Dump Trump” and “refugees welcome,” the objector castigated Trump’s comments.
We are not asking for any favours,” Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York told the crowd. “We are asking for the basic deference and graces that we all be worth here in the United States of America.
Trump’s statement, which has drawn widespread criticism both at home and abroad, came in reaction to the deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California, last week, in which a married Muslim couple described as “radicalised” by authorities killed 14 people. On Thursday, Trump cancelled a planned trip to Israel amid the uproar.
Some spectator said Trump’s comments, while more evident, were not that far deflected from statements by other politicians calling for restrictions on Syrian refugees who want to reside in the United States.
Others warned that Trump’s divisive remarks were only intensifying a wave of Islamophobia.
The damage he’s done is yet very significant, said Skanda Kadirgamar, 27, citing reports of extended threats against Muslims. Donald Trump is here to pour gasoline onto those fires.
Some Muslims at the rally said they feared attacks and differentiation would grow in the wake of the shootings, much as they did following the September 11, 2001, attacks by al Qaeda.