Muslims Heed Donald Trump’s Advice

At the second U.S. presidential debate on October 9, republican nominee Donald Trump said Muslims should report "when they see something going on," in response to an audience question on battling Islamophobia, prompting the hashtag #MuslimsReportStuff on Twitter.

By Meera Damji

At the October 9 presidential debate, U.S. republican nominee Donald J. Trump was asked what he would do to fight Islamophobia. He responded by saying: “One thing we have to do is we have to make sure that because there is a problem, whether we like it or not — and we could be very politically correct, but whether we like it or not, there is a problem and we have to be sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on, when they see hatred going on, they have to report it.” He continued, saying, “In San Bernardino, many people saw the bombs all over the apartment of the two people that killed 14 and wounded many, many people. Horribly wounded. Never be the same. Muslims have to report the problems when they see them.” He concluded by saying,:“If they don’t do that, it’s a very difficult situation for our country because you look at Orlando. And you look at San Bernardino and the World Trade Center. Look at Paris. The horrible, these are ‘radical islamic terrorists.’ And she (Hillary Clinton) won’t even mention the word and nor will President Obama.”

Outraged by what they saw as a deflection from the real problem at hand – Islamophobia – people took to Twitter to respond to Trump’s nonchalance on the issue.

The hashtag #MuslimsReportStuff was trending within a few hours of the debate.
Some Twitter users took a more comic approach, joking about food, the lines at Costco, and laundry.

Some Twitter users took a more comic approach, joking about food, the lines at Costco, and laundry.

 

Famous author and political commentator Reza Aslan said: Twitter user Reza You don’t want to know what we actually put in hummus.  #MuslimsReportStuff

Sarcasm was abound.

Other Twitter users responded more seriously, referring to Trump’s lewd comments against women, and about how Trump supporters make them feel.

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