Muslim leaders speak out against Trump’s inflammatory retweets

Source: Religion News Service

Muslim American and other activists gathered on Capitol Hill on Nov. 29, 2017, to condemn President Trump’s retweets hours earlier of videos that purported to show Muslims acting violently. From left, Ilhan Cagri, a fellow at the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Lakshmi Sridaran, director of national policy and advocacy at South Asian Americans Leading Together; and Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. RNS photo by Sharon Samber

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Muslim American leaders gathered on Capitol Hill to condemn President Trump’s sharing of videos purporting to show Muslims committing violent acts just hours after he posted the images to his Twitter feed.

Americans are “shocked but not surprised” by the president’s actions, said the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ national executive director, Nihad Awad, remarking on Trump’s Wednesday morning (Nov. 29) retweets.

The retweets, sent to his more than 43 million followers, showcased three videos originally tweeted from the account of the deputy leader of a British anti-immigrant fringe group, Britain First. The group is considered anti-Muslim by many in the country, and its name was shouted by an extremist who gunned down and stabbed a member of Parliament earlier this year. The group condemned the murder.

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