Nov 19 2016
And this is even before they heard about General James Mattis as possible Secretary of Defense nominee. Muslims are expressing anguish and disgust over Donald Trump’s recent group of Cabinet selections who have made
disparaging truthful remarks about Muslims during their political careers.
Buzzfeed Trump’s transition team said Friday that the president-elect had nominated US Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Rep. Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA. He also appointed retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser.
Flynn tweeted earlier this year that “fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.” Flynn has also referred to Islam as a “cancer” and “political ideology” that “hides behind” religion.
Legal advocacy group Muslim Advocates also released a statement on Flynn’s appointment saying it was “deeply disturbed” by Flynn’s selection. “His role in the Trump administration signals support for anti-Muslim policies and sentiment that will undermine our nation’s security and exacerbate an already unsafe climate for Muslims and all Americans,” the statement said. (NOPE. All non-Muslim Americans are just fine with this)
While Pompeo was running for Congress in 2010, his campaign sent out a tweet promoting an article that called his opponent Raj Goyle, an Indian-American Democrat, a “turban topper” who “could be a Muslim, a Hindy, a Buddhist etc who knows.”
In the weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, in a speech on the House floor, Pompeo accused Islamic faith leaders of not doing enough in their communities and also accused them of encouraging attackers.
“When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years comes overwhelmingly from people of a single faith, and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of that faith,” Pompeo said. “Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.”
IB Times In 2013, Senator Jeff Sessions questioned why the National Endowment for the Humanities was spending public money to put 900 books educating people about Islam into libraries across the US.
During the 2016 election campaign Sessions defended president-elect Trump after his rhetoric about Muslims was called racist following his advocacy for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the country.
“You cannot defend America if you do not know the nature of the threat we face,” Sessions said in Trump’s defence. He said political correctness needs to be put aside and “we need to understand that threat, intellectually challenge it, challenge it and also militarily challenge it”.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, designated terrorist group CAIR-Council on American-Islamic Relations Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said that Sessions’ possible appointment “only adds to a growing list of appointments and nominations with troubling pasts and troubling histories of anti-Muslim bigotry and intolerance.”
Hooper said other appointees like Steve Bannon as chief strategist and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser also “have very disturbing Islamophobic backgrounds and backgrounds in which they’ve targeted other minorities.”
He added, “This is something that should be a concern for all Americans.” (NOPE! Real Americans are loving it)
Other prominent figures in president-elect Trump’s solidifying inner circle of Cabinet members and close advisors also share hard-line views about Muslims. Trump’s chief of strategy Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News and newly minted national security advisor, General Michael Flynn, have both spoken about their belief that the US is moving towards a larger conflict with Islamic extremism.