THE ORANGE COUNTY YOUNG DEMOCRATS CALL UPON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST HATE:
The Orange County Young Democrats call upon President Trump to make a statement condemning the attack on American Muslims in Minnesota this weekend. His silence after this terrible act of terrorism is incredibly troubling.
On Saturday morning, as many were beginning to arrive for prayers, an explosion occurred at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Department of Homeland Security condemned the attack and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called it a “criminal act of terrorism.” Today, four days after the event, President Trump remains silent on the issue, but has found time to tweet about “fake news” and attack a Senator from the state of Connecticut.
The President’s silence on this issue to-date is sadly nothing new. Several days passed before the White House acknowledged the death of two men in Portland who died while defending a Muslim woman; nearly a week elapsed before the President acknowledged the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas; and President Trump never issued a statement condemning the attack on a Canadian mosque that left six people dead.
President Trump’s muted response to such events stands in stark contrast to his strong language against acts of terror perpetrated by extremists who belong to the Muslim faith, and contributes to an environment that enables violence against American Muslims and communities of color. It is appropriate to condemn acts of terrorism, but condemnation should not be saved for only those terrorist acts committed by one specific ethnicity or religious background. According to a report issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations last month, the number of hate crimes committed against Muslims rose 91 percent in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period in 2016. Moreover, there have been 85 incidents of bias at mosques across the country in the first half of 2017–more than the total for any year between 2009 and 2015.
The Orange County Young Democrats stand with their family members, neighbors, colleagues, and friends from all communities. We call upon our elected leaders to speak out against hate and racially, ethnically, and religiously motivated violence. Moreover, we urge our elected leaders to act swiftly to bring those who perpetrate such crimes to justice and work to prevent such incidents from ever occurring.