By Victor Ochieng
Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has been making hard hitting comments against Muslims, and it appears that some Muslims are beginning to take action in an effort to correct the narrative. During a rally last Friday, a Muslim woman donning a hijab stood up in silent protest when Trump was giving his speech.
She was booed and kicked out of the rally, escorted out by the police.
The woman, Rose Hamid, 56, was listening to Trump’s speech when the controversial candidate said that Muslims seeking asylum as a result of war in Syria are connected to the terror group ISIS. Hamid, a flight attendant, was sitting right behind Trump in the stands and she decided to stand up in protest.
It isn’t the first time that Trump has campaigned against Muslims and those coming from Syria in particular. The no-nonsense candidate had previously asked that only Christian refugees be allowed into the U.S.
Although the woman was silent, her protest prompted Trump supporters to start chanting the candidate’s name, having been advised to do so by Trump’s campaign staff in case anyone staged protest against their candidate. They were chanting and pointing at Hamid and Marty Rosenbluth, a man who also stood alongside Hamid.
But even as the two were being escorted out by police officers, the chants continued, with some booing them, while others saying “get out.” In the mix, one person shouted at Hamid saying, “You have a bomb, you have a bomb,” according to Hamid’s account.
“The ugliness really came out fast and that’s really scary,” Hamid said in a phone interview with CNN.
According to Major Steven Thompson of the Rock Hill Police Department, Hamid was kicked out because she broke a rule she’d promised to adhere to. Those going into the meeting were told beforehand that anyone who caused disturbance would be removed from the rally.
Efforts by CNN to reach Trump campaign to establish why Hamid was kicked out went futile.
After Hamid and three others were kicked out of the rally, Trump made a short comment about the incident.
“There is hatred against us that is unbelievable,” he said. “It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”
“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,” read a statement released by Nihad Awad, the CAIR National Executive Director. “Donald Trump should issue a public apology to the Muslim woman kicked out of his rally and make a clear statement that American Muslims are welcome as fellow citizens and as participants in the nation’s political process.”
Hamid had made it clear before the event that she was attending in order to allow Trump supporters to see a Muslim, saying she believed most of them may have never met a Muslim.