The talk about Donald Trump being a Christmas gift for Hillary Clinton is about as wrong as it could be, but he has certainly been a gift for liberal activists who would otherwise be ignored. Minority groups of all kinds have latched on to his campaign like hungry barnacles, using every rally as a chance to drum up publicity and get the donations pouring in. The media has been a willing accomplice, snatching at any straws they can find in an attempt to make Trump look like the 21st century’s answer to Adolf Hitler.
Speaking of Hitler, those comparisons have not been lost on the protesters attending Trump’s rallies. On Friday night in Rock Hill, South Carolina, a Muslim woman named Rose Hamid attended one of his rallies wearing a hijab with a yellow star affixed to it, apparently drawing an allusion to Jews persecuted under the Nazis. If anyone found this unspeakably offensive given what Islam teaches about the Jewish people, it didn’t find its way into any of the mainstream coverage. Instead, these reports painted Hamid as the latest victim of Trump’s “white supremacist” supporters.
“Silently protesting Muslim ejected from Trump rally,” blared the CNN.com headline.
When Trump said we should not let Syrian refugees into the U.S. because ISIS infiltrators might be among them, Hamid, 56, stood up in silent protest. CNN describes what happened next with their usual commitment to objectivity:
Despite her silence, Trump supporters around her began chanting Trump’s name — as instructed by Trump campaign staff before the event in case of protests — and pointed at Hamid and Marty Rosenbluth, the man alongside her who stood up as well.
As they were escorted out, Trump supporters roared — booing the pair and shouting at them to “get out.” One person shouted, “You have a bomb, you have a bomb,” according to Hamid.
Never willing to let pass an opportunity to play the victim card, the Council on American-Islamic Relations quickly released a statement demanding an apology. “The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nation’s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation,” read the statement. “Donald Trump should issue a public apology to the Muslim woman kicked out of his rally and make a clear statement that American Muslims are welcome as fellow citizens and as participants in the nation’s political process.”
So we have our story. A sweet Muslim lady went to a Donald Trump rally to let his supporters see that Islam was nothing to be afraid of. Instead, she was thrown out by police and “abused” with hate speech on her way out of the arena. Readers are left to wonder what might have happened without the presence of police and the press. Would Trump’s redneck army have ripped her apart, chanting “USA, USA” the whole time? Who can say?
It’s funny, though, because Hamid herself admits that she was treated quite nicely by the people she met at the rally. “The people around me who I had an opportunity to talk with were very sweet,” she told CNN. “The people I did not make contact with – the people who Trump influenced – were really nasty.”
We’re apparently meant to take from this a larger lesson about what happens to decent people when they fall under the spell of an evil cult leader, but it’s hard to overlook Hamid’s cognitive dissonance. Did she ever stop to consider that the people she spoke to were just as “Trump-influenced” as those she didn’t? Or that the idiot who shouted “You have a bomb” might have been a plant? Does she know that protesters are regularly booed at Hillary Clinton rallies as well?
Alas, there is a story to tell. Those questions just get in the way.