I almost, kinda, sorta, don’t wanna lay the blame for this at the feet of President-elect _____, but when he starts off his campaign with talk of deporting 11 million people back to Mexico, and then raises that with mocking women and the disabled, and then plays his _____ by suggesting we “register” all the Muslim folks in America—while making sure no more of “them” get in here with “us”—then maybe I’m being foolish.
Maybe he is to blame for this ... at least 10 Islamic centers in five different states have received letters that seem to be written by the same person; these letters call Muslims the “children of Satan” and say that Donald ____ is the “new sheriff in town” who will “cleanse America and make it shine again” by eradicating the country’s Muslim population:
“He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”
These letters of hate, and terror, homegrown, mind you, were sent to the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles, the Long Beach Islamic Center, the Islamic Center of Northridge, the Islamic Center of Claremont, the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, the Islamic Center of Savannah in Georgia, the Islamic Center of Cleveland, Ohio, Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the Masjid Miami Gardens in Miami.
The FBI said earlier this month that hate crimes against Muslims in this country spiked last year to their highest level since 9/11; wasn’t that right around the time _____ started his hate speech about Muslim Americans ... deportations, registries, calling for “a total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States.
That’s not a coincidence. It’s also no coincidence that last March, appearing on Anderson Cooper’s 360, Donald _____ said that Islam is defined by “tremendous hatred”:
“I think Islam hates us. It’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.”
When the hate speech and the fear starts at, sadly, what will be the top, it doesn’t take long at all to trickle down; you have these terrorists, and I’m talking about the ones who sent those letters, who suddenly feel emboldened because the future president says what they think.
And then the future president says nothing; as he has said next to nothing about the more than 100 anti-Muslim incidents that have occurred since the election. In addition, the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC], a hate-watch group, has tallied more than 800 incidents of harassment within the 10 days after the election, many of which have been made in _____’s name.
Where is Donald _____’s condemnation of these letters and these incidents? I mean, in his first interview after the election, he asked those who were protesting to please stop, but he’s not uttered a word about these incidents of hate speech and harassment toward Muslims. When he says nothing, it’s like he’s condoning the messages of hate, so, yeah, when it comes to blame, it starts at the top.
And there is nothing but silence there.