A Muslim woman wearing a hijab was forcefully ejected from a rally for Republican front-runner Donald Trump Friday as she stood silently in protest. She was verbally attacked and abused by members of the crowd as multiple police officers, hired by Trump, walked her out of the arena in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Unlike other protestors at Trump rallies, this woman said nothing and held no signs. Her crime, apparently, was standing while being Muslim.
According to CNN, Rose Hamid, a 56 year-old flight attendant and an American citizen, was attending the Trump rally wearing a hijab and T-shirt that read “Salam, I come in peace” and a star that similar to the stars Jews in Nazi Germany were required to wear. Hers read “Muslim.” The star was to call attention to Trump’s call for Muslims to carry a special ID. Hamid said she hoped that her presence might change the opinion some Trump supporters have about members of the Islam faith. “Most of them probably never met a Muslim,” she said
When Trump said that refugees fleeing the war in Syria were affiliated with Islamic State terrorists (ISIS), she stood up in silence to show her opposition to the controversial comments. Marty Rosenbluth, the man sitting next to her, also stood up.
The mood of the crowd immediately turned nasty. The crowd began booing and yelling at Hamid her to get out. Security quickly escorted her out of the building while the crowd taunted her and shouted insults. “You have a bomb,” one woman shouted at Hamid. While she was being removed, Donald Trump said: “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It is their hatred, it’s not our hatred.” Video shot by CNN tells a different story as to who was espousing hatred.
The ugliness really came out fast and that’s really scary,” Hamid told CNN. Even in a sea of ugliness, there were small signs of civility. Hamid said some supporters apologized for the crowd’s reaction as she was forced to leave the venue Friday night. “The people around me who I had an opportunity to talk with were very sweet,” she said. Trump, of course, will not apologize.
Hamid said she believes Trump’s inflammatory comments are responsible for stirring up anti-Muslim sentiment. “The people I did not make contact with, the people who Trump influenced were really nasty,” she added. “This demonstrates how when you start dehumanizing the other it can turn people into very hateful, ugly people,”
Donald Trump pivoted from his anti-Mexican rhetoric the day after the Paris attack, and made Muslims his new target. He has advocated bugging mosques and even closing some. He said that American Muslims should be required to carry an ID. Then, after the San Bernardino attack, Trump said all Muslims should be barred from entering the United States, including American Muslims returning from vacation, business, or military service. After public outcry, Trump amended his position to exclude American citizens.
Protesters have showed up at every Trump event following his statement that Mexican immigrants were rapists and murderers. In most cases, the protesters have signs or banners and interrupt the Republican while he is speaking. Some other protesters at the same rally had been shouting. Ms. Hamid, on the other hand, said nothing, carried no sign, and did not interrupt Trump. The interruption came from his supporters who began booing and shouting invectives at the peaceful woman. Trump accused her of hatred.
Hillary Clinton said that Trump’s anti-Muslim remarks were being used by ISIS in recruitment videos. Footage of Trump did appear an Al Qaida video shortly after Clinton’s statement. It is a matter of time until footage of this incident also shows up in a video as an example of American hatred for Muslims and out hypocrisy about freedom of speech and religion.
Saturday, Governor John Kasich commented on the crowd’s behavior at a rally, saying that is not America. We are tolerant according to a report by NBC’s Kasie Hunt.The crowd’s behavior paints a very ugly picture of America. Unfortunately, hateful rhetoric by Republican politicians is fueling this behavior and reinforcing the stereotype of America spread by ISIL.