President Trump says: “Social distancing rules should be same for Ramadan as they were for Easter.”
President Donald Trump said Saturday he hopes US Muslims will be held to the same social distancing standards during Ramadan as Christians were at Easter.
The US president made the comments after being asked to defend a retweet of a conservative commentator Paul Sperry who tweeted:
“I would say that there could be a difference,” Trump said. Because I’ve seen a great disparity in this country.” “They (the Left and the media) go after Christian churches but they never go after mosques,” he said.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “President Trump’s bigoted attempt to use Muslims as a political football just before the holy month of Ramadan was as divisive as it was insulting.”
“Mosques across our nation have already announced plans to remain closed indefinitely because the American Muslim community, unlike President Trump, recognizes the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.
“Furthermore, President Trump’s claim that American mosques — many of which have been protested, threatened, vandalized and even bombed in the years since he launched his first presidential campaign — receive preferential treatment compared to other faiths is an “Islamophobic” fantasy.
“Instead of fanning the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry to distract the public from his own failures, the President should focus on combating the continued spread of the coronavirus.”
Awad noted that CAIR has claimed there has been an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim bigotry since the election of Donald Trump as president. (Not since Trump’s election, since 9/11)