Donald J. Trump has been the President of the United States for less than 12 hours. His inaugural address has already inspired his followers to turn out on Twitter praising his efforts against “radical Islamic terrorism.”
For some, this is the most pressing problem the United States faces.
Some of these tweets are very vague, much like the new president himself. The sentiments are generic and insipid.
Other Trumpeteers are more specific in their desires to stop what they see as the world’s biggest threat to humanity; some even claiming sexual arousal over the president’s blunt words. Others have jumped aboard the xenophobia train.
They despise Muslims and want everyone to know it. Some have even continued in the Obama-is-a-Muslim-and-supports-terrorism vein. One common idea is that their god, the Christian god, will make their goals achievable.
Are these supporters forgetting heinous acts committed in the name of their Christian god? The KKK is one group that comes to mind. The Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 by Timothy McVeigh is another act of terrorism that is well-known.
Recently, in 2015, Dylann Roof killed nine people at the Zion Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. He was a member of a Lutheran church, but still felt as though black Christians were a problem. He reportedly exclaimed, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
Trump’s adversaries see his words for what they really are: a war cry. This cry seems to target every Muslim and every man in a turban. They are rightfully terrified of what is to come under the new presidency. Some point out that terrorism comes in other forms. Others mention Trump stated his presidency would be protected by God, alienating those of non-religious or non-Christian beliefs.
One thing the left and right can agree on is that Donald Trump’s words inspire action. One tweeter takes time to announce:
We all see that terrorism is killing innocent people around the world. We all want the loss of lives put to an end. However, labeling terrorism as strictly Islamic will only further our divisiveness. Terrorism comes in all colors and all religions. Blaming all terrorism on one group of people will not change the fact that hate is diverse.
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