Byron York at the Washington Examiner reported on Saturday about a strange exchange that occurred between Donald Trump and a reporter concerning the Muslim couple who committed a terrorist massacre at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California. Trump, who has a well-deserved reputation for saying provocative things, came out as the sanest in the exchange. Moreover, the back and forth illustrated a growing phenomenon in which people who witness suspicious goings on fail to report them when the subjects are Muslim for fear of being called a racist.
Town Hall reported that a neighbor of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who murdered 14 people in a terrorist attack, noticed suspicious activity at their apartment, but declined to report it for fear of being accused of racism. As it turned out, the two had turned their garage into a bomb factory.
Trump and the reporter had an exchange in Newton, Iowa that perfectly illustrated the danger facing people who see something, but must say nothing if the something involves Muslims.
“REPORTER: Mr. Trump, both the people in the shooting, they were regular people, it seemed like, with kids, you know, they didn’t seem —
“TRUMP: Which people are we talking about?
“REPORTER: The husband and wife —
“TRUMP: You mean the people that were the killers?
“REPORTER: The killers. They were just normal people, with a kid, they went to work, they were unsuspected. What would you do —
“TRUMP: Well, I don’t know if they were regular people. I heard the apartment was loaded up with bombs and with guns —
“REPORTER: But nobody would ever assume that it was the case. What would you do —
“TRUMP: Well, I don’t know. When you have pipe bombs lying all over the floor, I don’t think they’re regular people. When you have pipe bombs all over the floor, so I don’t think they’re regular people.
“REPORTER: They slipped under the cracks, though. What do you think should be done differently?
“TRUMP: Well, again, there were people who knew bad things were going on. People knew that bad things were going on, and they didn’t report it because of racial profiling. But I don’t think they were regular people. To me, they’re not regular people. To me, they were criminals, and it’s too bad somebody didn’t find out about it sooner.”
To illustrate the danger faced by people who see suspicious activity involving Muslims, one should look no farther than the case of the Irving, Texas High School student, Ahmed Mohamed, who took a clock in a box to school. The clock seemed to resemble a bomb, so a teacher reported the boy to law enforcement. There followed a media circus in which Mohamed, aka “clock boy,” became the poster child for “Islamophobia,” got an invitation to the White House and job and scholarship offers. The boy is now residing in Qatar with his family, which is suing the city of Irving and the Irving Independent School District for $15 million. See something, say something, get sued.
Ahmed Mohamed was pulling a prank, one which may carry with it a huge payday for his family. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were deadly serious about committing murder and mayhem in the name of jihad. The neighbors are not going to be sued. However, they now must live with the idea that they might have prevented the worse terrorist massacre on American soil since 9/11.