Video: Fareed Zakaria: I Am Appalled By Donald Trump’s Bigotry

Fareed Zakaria: I Am Appalled By Donald Trump’s Bigotry Not As A Muslim, But As An American

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria gave his take on GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s hateful and fearmongering rhetoric towards Muslims during his opening this Sunday. I don’t always agree with Zakaria, but he’s spot on here when it comes to Trump and how dangerous his demagoguery is.

Zakaria read his recent op-ed aloud that was published in The Washington Post for his viewers, and I have to say, I completely share his disgust with Trump: I am a Muslim. But Trump’s views appall me because I am an American.:

I think of myself first and foremost as an American. I’m proud of that identity because as an immigrant, it came to me through deep conviction and hard work, not the accident of birth. I also think of myself as a husband, father, guy from India, journalist, New Yorker and (on my good days) an intellectual. But in today’s political climate, I must embrace another identity. I am a Muslim.

I am not a practicing Muslim. The last time I was in a mosque, except as a tourist, was decades ago. My wife is Christian, and we have not raised our children as Muslims. My views on faith are complicated — somewhere between deism and agnosticism. I am completely secular in my outlook. But as I watch the way in which Republican candidates are dividing Americans, I realize that it’s important to acknowledge the religion into which I was born.

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  1. I don’t think that Mr. Trump believes in what he says. I find it amusing though. For argument sake, if the law were to be enforced, how would US customs know who is and who is not a “Muslim”. No civilized country has a religion column on their passport !!! What if people lies about their faith!!!

    I think Trump spoke his mi,d loudly because he is a front runner and these types of statements, just like isis slitting of non muslim throats make headlines !!!

    • I agree with you Mohamed, Trump’s statement sure makes good headlines. On the other hand if America would be enforcing this “identity” law, they would have something else in common with Pakistan – where there is state supported persecution of Ahmadis and a category in passport section to declare you reject a prophet. Only in Pakistan does this kind of ridiculous, intolerant and undemocratic regulations exist. Maybe Trump got inspired from them…


    What Mr Trump said is a effective warning at this time–it is good thing for Muslims, so Muslims can cleanse their house soon as possible before other people came to cleanse it.

    As we know that our house have messed so badly…people are so scare to see a woman while wearing Burqa, Hijab, mosque etc. or a man with long beard etc .

    The Fruit of decades of hate, intolerant teaching has been coming to fruition now.

    I urge all Muslim scholars from various sects of Islam, instead of blame other people, let us to remove all kind wrong teaching from the book of Hadith. The book of hadith is the root of violence in Islamic world today, specially the law of blaspheme and apostasy.

    Was salam
    With my love.

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