Aziz Ansari, a Muslim-American actor who stars in the Netflix show Master of None, attacked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in an op-ed published Friday by the New York Times Sunday Review over the June 12 Islamic terror attack in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 people and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub.
In typical fashion, the op-ed is a post-Islamic terror attack pity party in which Muslims are proclaimed the victims while the actual people slaughtered by the Muslim terrorist are ignored.
Ansari makes the claim that there are “0 percent” Muslim Americans involved in terrorism.
Aziz Ansari, image via Wikipedia.
Ansari promoted his Trump-bashing Times op-ed on Twitter, saying he was telling Trump to “go fuck himself”.
Trump wants to ban Muslim immigrants like my parents. I wrote a piece for @NYTimes telling him to go fuck himself: https://t.co/MCDsQyz2jy
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) June 24, 2016
“Trump wants to ban Muslim immigrants like my parents. I wrote a piece for @NYTimes telling him to go fuck himself:”
Ansari’s NYT op-ed is entitled, Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family.
Ansari opens his article with him telling his U.S. citizen Muslim mother to not worship at her mosque; goes on to defend Muslims and then proceeds to attack Trump. Nowhere in the column is any expression of sympathy from Ansari for the victims and their families killed and wounded in the Orlando Islamic terror attack.
“DON’T go anywhere near a mosque,” I told my mother. “Do all your prayer at home. O.K.?”
“We’re not going,” she replied.
I am the son of Muslim immigrants. As I sent that text, in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Orlando, Fla., I realized how awful it was to tell an American citizen to be careful about how she worshiped.
Being Muslim American already carries a decent amount of baggage. In our culture, when people think “Muslim,” the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. It’s of a scary terrorist character from “Homeland” or some monster from the news.
Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense.”
Ansari goes on to blame Trump for alleged “vitriolic and hate-filled rhetoric” and “xenophobic rhetoric” while mischaracterizing Trump’s statements–going so far as to claim Trump ‘celebrated’ the Orlando attack.
“The vitriolic and hate-filled rhetoric coming from Mr. Trump isn’t so far off from cursing at strangers from a car window. He has said that people in the American Muslim community “know who the bad ones are,” implying that millions of innocent people are somehow complicit in awful attacks. Not only is this wrongheaded; but it also does nothing to address the real problems posed by terrorist attacks. By Mr. Trump’s logic, after the huge financial crisis of 2007-08, the best way to protect the American economy would have been to ban white males.”
…”Xenophobic rhetoric was central to Mr. Trump’s campaign long before the attack in Orlando. This is a guy who kicked off his presidential run by calling Mexicans “rapists” who were “bringing drugs” to this country. Numerous times, he has said that Muslims in New Jersey were cheering in the streets on Sept. 11, 2001. This has been continually disproved, but he stands by it. “
…“Mr. Trump, in response to the attack in Orlando, began a tweet with these words: “Appreciate the congrats.” It appears that day he was the one who was celebrating after an attack.”
Ansari claims “0 percent” of Muslim Americans are involved in terrorism by playing a numbers game that ignores the thousands of Americans murdered on U.S. soil by Muslims in the name of Allah.
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“There are approximately 3.3 million Muslim Americans. After the attack in Orlando, The Times reported that the F.B.I. is investigating 1,000 potential “homegrown violent extremists,” a majority of whom are most likely connected in some way to the Islamic State. If everyone on that list is Muslim American, that is 0.03 percent of the Muslim American population. If you round that number, it is 0 percent. The overwhelming number of Muslim Americans have as much in common with that monster in Orlando as any white person has with any of the white terrorists who shoot up movie theaters or schools or abortion clinics.”
Ansari includes the by now familiar ‘Muslims are the real victims of terrorism’ card played after every Islamic attack on the West:
“I asked a young friend of mine, a woman in her 20s of Muslim heritage, how she had been feeling after the attack. “I just feel really bad, like people think I have more in common with that idiot psychopath than I do the innocent people being killed,” she said. “I’m really sick of having to explain that I’m not a terrorist every time the shooter is brown.””
“I myself am not a religious person, but after these attacks, anyone that even looks like they might be Muslim understands the feelings my friend described. There is a strange feeling that you must almost prove yourself worthy of feeling sad and scared like everyone else.”
The worst Ansari describes personally experiencing was being called a terrorist while jaywalking in New York City after 9/11 where he witnessed the attacks:
“A few months after the attacks of Sept. 11, I remember walking home from class near N.Y.U., where I was a student. I was crossing the street and a man swore at me from his car window and yelled: “Terrorist!” To be fair, I may have been too quick to cross the street as the light changed, but I’m not sure that warranted being compared to the perpetrators of one of the most awful incidents in human history.”
Yet Ansari gives Americans and Trump no credit for what does not happen after every successful or attempted Islamic terror attack on U.S. soil:
For fifteen years now Americans have turned the other cheek and not responded in kind by committing acts of mass murder against Muslims on U.S. soil. Thousands of Americans have been slaughtered by Muslims in mass-murder attack after mass-murder attack just for being Americans yet Americans have not done the same to Muslims.
For failing to acknowledge and appreciate that, Aziz Ansari can go f*** himself.