Meet The Muslim Americans Voting For Donald Trump, Including An Activist Suing The NYPD Over Surveillance
The following is an excerpt from ISMAT SARAH MANGLA | February 29, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
You would be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about protecting the civil rights of American Muslims than 39-year-old Farhaj Hassan. A U.S. Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq, Hassan, who lives in Helmetta, New Jersey, is the lead plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit against the city of New York for its police department’s blanket surveillance program of Muslims in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The impetus for the lawsuit, says Hassan, a devout Shiite Muslim, stems from his patriotism and his belief that people should not be treated like suspects simply because of their faith.
It’s altogether bizarre, then, that Hassan — who calls himself a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat — says he is supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency. Yes, the very same Donald Trump who spews fiery rhetoric against Muslims almost daily and has called for banning all Muslims from entering the country.
“I will vote for Trump,” an emphatic Hassan told International Business Times. “Who better than an absolute outsider who isn’t beholden to special interests so far?”
If you just heard the sound of a needle scratching a giant vinyl record, you’re forgiven. For many voters who have come to see Trump as anathema to pluralism and diversity, it’s probably hard to imagine any American Muslim, let alone one like Hassan, pulling the lever for the mogul on Election Day. And yet Hassan is not as unusual as you might think.
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