In a letter to Donald Trump, the Muslim Public Affairs Council has told the Republican frontrunner to lay off Islam.
“Ever since you announced your run for Presidency of the United States, you have scapegoated the American Muslim community and other minority groups for all your perceived ills of America,” the MPAC wrote. “You rely on the promotion of fear and Internet lies to fuel the flames of hate and divisiveness across our country. Well, we have news for you: We will no longer be bullied. We will no longer be your punching bag.”
The Muslim group is freshly offended by comments Trump made last week that were built around an urban legend. At a Charleston rally last week, Trump said he was fond of U.S. General John Pershing, who supposedly executed Muslim prisoners in symbolic fashion in the early years of the 20th century.
“He took 50 bullets and he dipped them in pig’s blood,” Trump said. “And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said, ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem.”
The story is apocryphal, but Muslim groups are more concerned about the nature of the comments than correcting the historical record. The Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement condemning the remarks.
“Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric has crossed the line from spreading hatred to inciting violence,” CAIR said. “By directly stating that the only way to stop terrorism is to murder Muslims in graphic and religiously-offensive ways, he places the millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk from rogue vigilantes.”
Well, that’s highly debatable. Trump certainly did not advocate for American citizens to rise up and begin murdering Muslims. But, as is usually the case with Trump, his detractors relish in finding the most extreme interpretations of his comments to support their contention that he’s a racist radical.
It’s just extremely funny to see how Muslim groups overreact to every comment against terrorism, every piece of bacon that finds its way onto the door of a mosque. Meanwhile, the Islamism that they have failed to squash is leading to the death of thousands every year. There’s a huge disconnect when it comes to the consequences, and that’s something these groups simply won’t acknowledge.
They didn’t all vote for Trump, but 75% of Republican voters in South Carolina said they supported a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. This is not some fringe idea; this is mainstream. And Muslims, in their lackadaisical approach to rooting out extremism, have brought it on themselves. If these activist groups spent half as much effort tackling the problems inside their own religion as they do attacking Trump, they would change public opinion a lot faster.