CNN host Fredricka Whitfield didn’t get what the network was bargaining for last week when she asked a Muslim professor for her insights into the New Zealand mosque massacre. Contrary to the much repeated narrative from mainstream media outlets, President Donald Trump has quite a few admirers in the Muslim community.
Appearing on CNN Saturday, Qanta Ahmed, a doctor and an associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook was adamant that most Muslims around the world do not see President Trump as the source of “Islamophobia.”
As video played of the deadly attack in New Zealand, the CNN host tied the massacre, the word “invasion,” and Trump’s stand on illegal immigration at our southern border together.
Whitfield tied the 3 things together and laid blame for the shooting at President Trump’s feet because the gunman used his name in his manifesto, a lengthy diatribe of what the shooter termed an “invasion” by non-whites.
Dr. Ahmed admitted that Trump’s choice of the term “invasion” over the past months might be better worded but left no doubt she saw no connection between the President and the senseless killing.
“And one thing the viewers should know, this president and this administration is often castigated as Islamophobic, but I move in the Muslim world, in Egypt, in Oman, in Jordan, in Iraqi Kurdistan where this president is beloved,” she said.
Lost on a good deal of today is that a vast majority of Muslims have favored Republicans for years. Dr. Ahmed said, “This president and the Republican Party going back to George Bush is very dearly held.”
The Kurds have great respect for Republican presidents, including President Trump. Dr. Ahmed added, “Today is the anniversary of … the massacre of 180,000 Kurds at the hands of Saddam Hussein. That only changed because of a Republican president. So, it is very important not to lose so much perspective that we start believing our entire government is Islamophobic.”
The Muslim professor then took time to educate CNN’s host what Islamophobia really is. The press and progressives apparently don’t understand the meaning of the term they love to attach to Trump.
To be correct, Islamophobia means to “refuse to scrutinize or examine Islam or Islamism, Islamist institutions.” Ahmed made this distinction by telling CNN, “So we must distinguish lethal, diabolical, anti-Muslim xenophobia as is happening in Christchurch from Islamophobia. Why should we do that? Because, if we do not, we empower Islamists who wish to propagate the myth, the same myth that the white supremacists gunman wants us to believe that we are under siege in the secular world, that we are victims in the West.”
Professor Ahmed turned the table on her host by changing the subject herself. She pointed to the controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. As a Muslim, her comments have been condemned by many as anti-Semitic.
As Ahmed noted, negative reaction to Rep. Omar due to her spewing anti-Semitism is not because she is a Muslim. Words and their meaning are important therefore we must be “clear about the language, clear about the narrative.”
Beto O’Rourke, who just announced his decision to run in the upcoming Democrat presidential primaries, exhibits what CNN hoped to hear but failed to from Professor Ahmed.
Speaking in Burlington at Beancounter Coffee Shop, he was quick to link the New Zealand mosque terror attack to President Trump.
O’Rourke tied the New Zealand attack instances of intolerance and racism he has seen in America. He made reference to comments made by “national leadership” about Mexicans and Muslims that serve to make them feel unwelcome in the United States.
The Texan showed his misunderstanding of Islamophobia by linking conservative’s strong stance on immigration and shootings by individuals. Rep Steve King of Iowa has often been called “phobic” because he sides with the President on keeping our borders secure.
Another Democrat Presidential candidate, John Delaney also tied the New Zealand shooting to the rise of racism in America. He said, “This particular act of terror was linked to dangerous trends in white supremacy and racial hatred … We must both publicly reject hate-driven attacks and violence, and we must condemn those that amplify racist and hateful rhetoric?”
It seems Dr. Qanta Ahmed is better served to speak to Americans about the shooting in New Zealand that either O’Rourke or CNN. Her fellow Muslims were gunned downed by an internet raving lunatic and if anyone is trying to gen up true Islamophobia, it’s the left.