Trump vs. Obama: Who is the real anti-Muslim bigot?
Much of the Muslim social media outrage against Donald Trump is misdirected, unfortunately. There is not a single controversial anti-Muslim measure that Trump has proposed that does not already exist in some form under Obama. But because American Muslims by and large lean toward the Democrats politically and Obama is a popular president, Obama’s anti-Muslim bigotry is ignored.
Criticizing Obama for this would be politically incorrect and cost too much political capital that American Muslims and their orgs are not willing to relinquish. Trump, on the other hand, is a polarizing figure, a Republican, someone that can be criticized, lampooned, and dismissed without risking political capital. Easier to make a stink about Trump than risk going against mainstream opinion on a popular, mostly beloved President Obama.
1. Trump suggests temporary ban on Muslims entering the country. The Obama admin and DOJ have repeatedly asserted and defended the legality of racially profiling and targeting Muslims at the borders. Also the secret No-Fly List that prevents many Muslims from flying in and out of the country has expanded ten-fold since Obama took office.
2. Trump says we need to scrutinize Muslims more closely to prevent home-grown terror attacks. Obama on multiple occasions, including in an address to the UN, has stated that Muslim communities in general have extremist elements and the onus is on those communities to police themselves and open themselves up for government surveillance. The highly problematic, racist Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program deployed by Obama’s DHS also almost exclusively focuses on Muslims despite the fact that the vast majority of domestic terrorism is not committed by Muslims. The FBI under the Obama’s tenure has also beefed up it’s informant program, spying on and entrapping vulnerable members of the Muslim community.
3. Trump proposes a database to keep track of Muslims and maybe even issue special IDs for Muslims. Classified documents leaked from Obama’s NSA show that that agency was actively and covertly monitoring Muslim leaders and activists for years and may still be doing so by bulk collecting emails, telephone calls, tracking internet activity, etc. The NYPD also was tracking tens of thousands of Muslims, their mosques, their places of business, their organizations in the greater New York area simply because of their religion and kept all this data in a secret database. When asked about this program, Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder defended the NYPD and maintained that their actions were completely legal and unobjectionable.
And we don’t need to get into Obama’s foreign policy to see how deeply belligerent he has been either directly or by proxy in numerous Muslim countries.
Obama is the true anti-Muslim bigot and has done more actual harm and violence to Muslims the world over than Trump has and perhaps ever will.