A peacefully protesting muslim woman was escorted out of a Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina, last night. Her name is Rose Hamid, and she stood up when Trump suggested that Syrian refugees were somehow affiliated with ISIS.
According to Fox, Trump’s staff had advised everyone at the rally to chant Donald’s name in case of a protest, and after Rose stood up, the crowd did just that.
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Rose recently gave CNN some details of the event over a phone interview, “The ugliness really came out fast and that’s really scary.”
“I figured that most Trump supporters probably never met a Muslim so I figured that I’d give them the opportunity to meet one. I really don’t plan to say anything. I don’t want to be disrespectful but if he says something that I feel needs answering I might — we’ll just see what strikes me.”
During the event she wore a shirt that read “Salam, I come in peace.”
Steven Thompson of the Rock Hill Police Department told CNN that “anybody who made any kind of disturbance” should be escorted out, according to Trump’s campaign staff. Thompson was honoring that request.
Although it was a tense scene, some Trump supporters reached out to Rose as she exited the rally. “The people around me who I had an opportunity to talk with were very sweet,” she said. “The people I did not make contact with, the people who Trump influenced, were really nasty.”
CNN reports that some of those sitting in the stands held Rose’s hand as she was escorted out and said “sorry.”
There was even one woman in line who said Rose “didn’t look scary” but “like a good one.”
“People don’t have a chance to see anything other than the Muslims they see on TV,” Hamid said. “This demonstrates how when you start dehumanizing the other it can turn people into very hateful, ugly people. It needs to be known.”
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Donald Trump had some choice words to say as Rose was escorted out. “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable,” he said. “It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”
“The thing is that people don’t even know what they’re saying, they just get riled up in the hate,” Rose said.
In an interesting turn of events, many have taken to Twitter making claims that Rose Hamid is a Hillary Clinton plant, and that the events of the ejection were taken out of context. Again, this is Twitter.
New polls coming out of Iowa reveal that Ted Cruz leads Donald Trump with 28 percent of the vote. As for Trump, he has 24 percent, Marco Rubio has 13 percent, and Ben Carson finishes out the top four with 11 percent of the vote.
Despite Iowa, Trump is leading in many polls throughout the United States at this time.
Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director of CAIR, had some closing remarks about the disturbance. “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,” he said. “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.”
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