Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments that hijab-wearing Transportation Security Administration officials could come under scrutiny indicate that an administration under him will endanger American Muslim women, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The council, which describes itself as the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said in a press release Friday that Trump had presided over an “Islamophobic town hall” event in Manchester, New Hampshire on Thursday, during which in a question-and-answer session an audience member asked, “Why aren’t we putting our military retirees on that border or in TSA? Get rid of all these hibi-jabis they wear at TSA?”
“I understand,” Trump responded, without elaborating.
When asked whether veterans could be used, Trump replied, “You know, and we are looking at that. And we are looking at that. We’re looking at a lot of things.”
“By appearing to endorse the bigoted views of one of his supporters, Donald Trump is placing all American Muslim women who wear Islamic attire in danger,” CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said in the release. “American Muslims, and particularly Muslim women, are facing an unprecedented spike in discrimination and hate attacks, due in no small part to Donald Trump’sIslamophobic rhetoric and policy proposals.”
Trump has come under fire for making comments that are viewed as racist. At the same New Hampshire town event on Thursday, the real estate mogul joked as an aircraft flew overhead that it was a Mexican plane ready to attack.