By Logan Garrett—Editor-In-Chief

Earlier this month, Chelsea Clinton was confronted by New York University students Leen Dweik and Rose Asaf at a vigil in NYU’s Islamic Center in the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacre.

The heated interaction was recorded by the two students and later posted to twitter, and Dweik was seen berating Clinton over her response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about AIPAC.

“This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words you put out there. I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep inside. 49 people died because of the rhetoric you put out there,” Dweik said while angrily pointing her finger in Clinton’s face. 

Although these students have a right to be upset about Clinton’s remarks, I feel that their anger is misguided in blaming the shooting on these remarks alone. Clinton has been outspoken about her disdain for forms of hate like Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, and her condemnation of Omar’s statements were certainly not the cause of the tragedies in Christchurch. Clinton responded to Omar’s statements which she perceived to be problematic, but this response was not malicious or divisive and was intended to catalyze a productive dialogue. In fact, Clinton’s comments resulted in a discussion between the two prominent figures about the Israel lobby’s influence on American politics. This discussion between Clinton and Omar is, however, far from the issue at hand.

During Friday prayer on March 15, 2019, 49 innocent people were murdered by a white supremacist. The shooter’s actions wereinfluenced by white nationalist propaganda, and his 73-page manifesto focused on his anti-immigration and ethno-nationalist beliefs which were fueled by rhetoric and writing spread by a number of other neo-Nazi terrorists and radically conservative politicians. He did not mention Chelsea Clinton.

There is definitely blame to be placed in this issue, but Dweik and Asaf should start pointing fingers at individuals like Donald Trump or Australian Senator Fraser Anning, who are actively perpetuating hateful speech specifically at the Islamic community.

2 Replies to “Chelsea Clinton is Not the Problem”

  1. Can you actually give one quote demonstrating Islamophobia from Donald Trump? If not, stop spreading the lie.

  2. “How did the president decide the seven countries?” she asked. “Okay, talk to me.”

    “I’ll tell you the whole history of it,” Giuliani responded eagerly. “So when [Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’ ”

    March 30, 2011: For years, Trump publicly questioned then-President Barack Obama’s religious beliefs and place of birth. As he debated running for president in the 2012 election, Trump said in a radio interview: “He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me — and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be — that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.”

    In November 2015, on “Morning Joe,” Trump said that America needs to “watch and study the mosques.” Four days later, he indicated that he would “certainly implement” a database to track Muslims in the United States. Two days after that, he falsely claimed that “thousands and thousands” of Muslims cheered in New Jersey when the World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Donald Trump called Monday for a “total and complete shutdown” of the entry of Muslims to the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

    In a statement released by his campaign Monday afternoon, Trump included recent poll findings that he says show that a sizable segment of the Muslim population has “great hatred towards Americans.”

    “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension,” Trump is quoted as saying in the statement. “Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”

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