Muslims demand to know: Will Trump condemn alleged anti-Muslim attacks as he did actual anti-Jewish attacks (more than a little likely carried out by Muslims)?

VOA News U.S. President Donald Trump this week explicitly condemned anti-Semitism and the recent spike in anti-Jewish incidents reported since his inauguration. Now Muslims are pressing him to do same against alleged anti-Muslim acts.

 Speaking Tuesday, Trump called the anti-Semitic acts “horrible” and “painful,” and condemned “bigotry, intolerance, and hatred in all of its very ugly forms.” 

Vice President Mike Pence visited that cemetery Wednesday, joining in clean-up efforts and echoing Trump’s condemnation. “There is no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism,” he said.

Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery Vandalized, 2nd Incident In A Week  Dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia have been broken, an incident deemed by police to be an act of vandalism. Mt. Carmel Cemetery was the second Jewish resting place targeted within a single week, after a cemetery in Missouri suffered from similar vandalism. 

69 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers since January 1. Jewish cemeteries vandalized. Anti-Semitic attacks spiking. 

Many Muslim Americans are now hoping the White House will take similar steps to address concerns about rising levels of anti-Muslim incidents across the country. But they aren’t optimistic. “I don’t expect him to,” says Shahed Amanullah, a tech entrepreneur and former State Department senior adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration.

Part of that pessimism has to do with Trump’s public statements on Islam, which have been much darker than those of his predecessors. Early in the campaign, Trump proclaimed “I think Islam hates us.” He also promised a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. — a proposal he later revised but which remains on his website.

Perhaps the bigger concern is that Trump has surrounded himself with several senior advisers who have explicitly embraced anti-Islam views, says Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Hooper specifically points to Trump’s chief strategist and former Breitbart News executive, Steve Bannon, who has long portrayed the West as being at war with political Islam. 

In 2010, Bannon declared “Islam is not a religion of peace Islam is a religion of submission.” Just over a year ago on his Breitbart radio show, Bannon warned of the danger of Muslim immigration, saying the U.S. is the “wrong place” for “sharia-compliant” Muslims. donald-trump-chief-strategist-steve-bannon-proposed-a-film-outline-10-years-ago-that-warned-the-u-s-could-turn-into-islamic-states-of-america

Stephen Miller, a Trump senior adviser, and Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, have also frequently depicted the fight against Islamic terrorism in religious terms. 

Stephen Miller: A key engineer for Trump’s ‘America first’ and anti-Muslim immigration agenda

Dr. Walid Phares is a Lebanese-American Christian Professor and Middle East expert and a specialist in global strategies, argues that a fierce race for control of the Middle East is on. The West ignores the wide and disparate forces within the Muslim world—including a Muslim brotherhood against democracy that is fighting to bring the region under totalitarian control—and crucially underestimates the determined generation of youth feverishly waging a grassroots revolution toward democracy and human rights.

Frank Gaffney is part of the group pushing for the Muslim Brotherhood to be declared a terrorist organization by the President  

Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney said it was an “incredibly important step” for the Trump administration to consider formally designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization…and by implication, it’s North American front groups like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MSA.