Posted on November 29, 2017 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2017 

Contact: Jennifer Salan, jsalan@aaiusa.org

The Arab American Institute responds To President Trump’s Re-Tweeting of a White Nationalist Group

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Arab American Institute Executive Director, Maya Berry on President Trump’s re-tweeting of inflammatory ant-Muslim bigotry from a white-nationalist group:

This morning, the President of the United State retweeted three anti-Muslim tweets from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the Britain First Party, a UK-based white nationalist group. As the President’s tweets are official statements of the Administration, these xenophobic retweets cannot be ignored.

The President’s hateful statements toward Arabs, Muslims, and other minorities from the beginning of his 2016 campaign to the present have contributed to the recent increase in hate crimes, as documented by the FBI’s most recent hate crime report and other non-governmental organizations. The President’s words and beliefs normalize and lend credence to hate, putting Americans at risk of violence on a daily basis.

In addition to putting his fellow Americans at risk, President Trump continues to harm our standing in the world. It is particularly important for Republican leadership, like Speaker Paul Ryan and majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to repudiate and condemn this bigotry. They must step forward and act responsibly during these troubling times.

As demonstrated by the President’s past practices, his racism, xenophobia, and bigotry are not only rhetorical in nature but reinforced by bad policies. Given this context, it is no surprise that this Administration’s successive and baseless Muslim Bans continue to target Arabs and Muslims for exclusion from entering the United States. We ask that all representatives stand against the president and affirm the value of their American Muslim constituents and religious liberty, a central tenant of our country’s founding.

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org