A female Muslim agitator was ejected from a Donald Trump event in South Carolina. Staging a protest on camera while Trump was speaking to supporters in the city of Rock Hill, Rose Hamid (56) stood up in silent protest, having placed herself strategically behind the leading Republican presidential candidate while Trump told supporters of his concern that Syrian refugees may be associated with the terrorist Islamic State.

Hamid wore a shirt bearing the slogan “Salam, I come in peace,” and bore a yellow Star of David similar to those imposed on Jews by Germany’s Nazi government in the 1930s. Standing next to her was a man who was wearing a similar star. She was escorted out of the rally as Trump’s supporters booed. “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable,” Trump told the rally audience as Hamid was removed. “It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an advocacy group that has been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, has since called for Trump to apologize for the incident. Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR, said in a statement, “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.” Awad added, “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.”

CAIR has repeatedly tried to explain away any concerns Americans might have that any terrorist acts committed in the United States are in any way with the Islamic faith. It was after Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States in the wake of terror attacks, Awad acknowledged that he felt a "sense of anxiety" in the Muslim community.

 

 

Before she disrupted the Trump event, Hamid told CNN “I figured that most Trump supporters probably never met a Muslim so I figured that I’d give them the opportunity to meet one.” Hamid said “I really don’t plan to say anything. I don’t want to be disrespectful but if he says something that I feel needs answering I might — we’ll just see what strikes me.” This prompted some of CNN’s critics to wonder if the network had conspired with Hamid to produce the effect she desired. 

Trump's supporters booed Hamid and her male companion while they were removed. Some shouted "get out." Hamid said in a subsequent interview with CNN that an audience member allegedly said to her “You have a bomb, you have a bomb!” She said in the interview that the reaction at the rally was "quite telling...a vivid example of what happens when they start to use this rhetoric." She added, "The ugliness came out fast, and that's scary."
 
Hamid writes a column in The Charlotte Observer about Islam, and is the president of Muslim Women of the Carolinas.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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