“I’m a proud Muslim – but you don’t have to share my faith to share my disgust,” Abedin wrote in an email to supporters. “Trump wants to literally write racism into our law books.”
Trump’s recent proposition to impose “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” is based on research he claims shows that “there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.”
While the republican presidential candidate’s release pointed to an online poll from the controversial think tank Center for Security Policy, which claimed 25 percent of Muslims living in America believe violence against Americans “is justified as a part of the global jihad,” Abedin believes that his statement is nothing more than Trump acting out of fear.
“His Islamophobia doesn’t reflect our nation’s values – it goes far enough to damage out country’s reputation and could even threaten our national security,” she adds. “Unfortunately, Trump is leaning into the kind of fear of progress that very well could help him win the nomination. We have to be ready to stop him.”
The stark differences in Clinton and Trump’s approach to recent terror attacks across the world is nothing new.
The democratic presidential candidate stated in light of last month’s Paris attacks that the fight against terrorism and ISIS “cannot be an American fight,” and continues to publicly support welcoming refugees into the country.