A female Muslim immigrant penned a brutally honest op-ed in The Washington Post following the hotly contested 2016 presidential election, admitting that she voted for Republican Donald Trump.
The online “confession” is noteworthy for a number of reasons. Among a slew of other insults, Trump has been accused of being “racist” and “xenophobic” towards all Muslims. The president-elect has also been painted as someone with a strong disdain for immigrants.
Asra Q. Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and a co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, says she is one of the “silent secret Trump supporters” that voted him into the nation’s highest office.
To avoid assigning any implied meaning to her words, we’ll let Nomani explain:
This is my confession — and explanation: I — a 51-year-old, a Muslim, an immigrant woman “of color” — am one of those silent voters for Donald Trump. And I’m not a “bigot,” “racist,” “chauvinist” or “white supremacist,” as Trump voters are being called, nor part of some “whitelash.”
I support the Democratic Party’s position on abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change.
But I am a single mother who can’t afford health insurance under Obamacare. The president’s mortgage-loan modification program, “HOPE NOW,” didn’t help me. Tuesday, I drove into Virginia from my hometown of Morgantown, W.Va., where I see rural America and ordinary Americans, like me, still struggling to make ends meet, after eight years of the Obama administration.
Finally, as a liberal Muslim who has experienced, first-hand, Islamic extremism in this world, I have been opposed to the decision by President Obama and the Democratic Party to tap dance around the “Islam” in Islamic State. Of course, Trump’s rhetoric has been far more than indelicate and folks can have policy differences with his recommendations, but, to me, it has been exaggerated and demonized by the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, their media channels, such as Al Jazeera, and their proxies in the West, in a convenient distraction from the issue that most worries me as a human being on this earth: extremist Islam of the kind that has spilled blood from the hallways of the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbaito the dance floor of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
But Nomani said it was the revelations of “multimillion-dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation from Qatar and Saudi Arabia killed” her support for Hillary Clinton. She also lamented the fact that political discourse became nearly impossible during the divisive campaign season.
“If you supported Trump, you had to be a redneck,” she wrote.
The media, pundits and elites are still trying to figure out exactly how Trump defeated Clinton handily, despite all the polling and predictions that he didn’t stand a chance.
A good first step might be listening to people like Nomani.