U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad will be recognized not only as the first athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, but also for her remarks about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Muhammad was interviewed by CNN and was asked if she felt Trump was dangerous. “I think that his words are very dangerous,” she responded.
“When these types of comments are made, no one thinks about how they really affect people,” she said.
In December, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” He has since dropped the religious reference, saying now that the United States should “suspend temporarily immigration from regions that have been a major source for terrorists and their supporters coming to the U.S.”
Muhammad, who was born and raised in New Jersey, said the United States is her home and she has no other home to go to.
Continuing, Muhammad said, “I’m hopeful, that in my efforts, you know, to represent our country well as an athlete, that they change the rhetoric around, you know, how people think and perceive the Muslim community.”
After the interview was posted on Facebook, a lot of people criticized CNN, saying it was just more biased reporting against Trump.
One Facebook user wrote: “I liked this story until it became an attack against Trump. Now I can care less if she wins a medal or not and CNN is getting worse for news by the hour.”
Another posted: “CNN – you are the most biased station in the world. You cause trouble where there is none.”
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