Trump's remarks are an insult to Muslims who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. The candidate has also called for American Muslims to be registered in a database and to carry a special ID card, and for mosques to be shut down. His hateful rhetoric is particularly vile given that many of the people who lost family members also experienced Islamophobia in the wake of the terror attacks.
Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, communications director for the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Trump was "cashing in on the xenophobia and bigotry and the hatred in his base to propel him forward."
"Unfortunately bigotry sells, racism sells, and Islamophobia sells to some segments of the American society," she said. "He knows how to push their buttons and that Muslims are the scapegoat du jour and he plays on that."
"He should really be ashamed," Mubarak-Rowe added. "This is what fuels hatred and violence towards Muslims." Read More