How attitudes about immigration, race and religion contributed to Trump victory

The story of President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton has been analyzed and reanalyzed, told and retold since November. Is there more to add? The short answer, based on four reports released recently, is yes, and what the reports say is provocative.

The reports debunk some of the assertions of why Trump won — his criticism of free-trade agreements apparently was not as big a factor as some have suggested — while focusing on the specific role that race, religion, immigration and national identity played in the outcome and particularly how those issues may have influenced voters who switched to Trump after supporting President Barack Obama in 2012.

The reports are the first produced by the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, which comprises 20 analysts from think tanks or other institutions across the ideological spectrum.

How Muslim Women Across the Political Spectrum Are Reacting to Trump’s Win

Early Wednesday morning, Chicago-area physician Ume Khan and her husband Asif woke their two kids to talk to them about Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, Islamophobia, and the Khan family’s place in this country as American Muslims.

For over an hour, they answered questions and reassured 9-year-old Rayya and 13-year-old Azmer that “America is a democratic country and no one can do anything to harm us.” She told them that no one has “the right to make them feel bad about their culture, race, religion, or anything else. We need to believe whatever we believed before [Trump] came in.”

But, despite her guarantees to her children, Khan says, “I’m really mad. How could he get away with it?”


Clinton Warns Against ‘Inflammatory, Anti-Muslim Rhetoric’

The day after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton warned against the possibility of future attacks and went after Donald Trump for “inflammatory” rhetoric.
“The threat is metastasizing,” Clinton said in a speech in Cleveland. “We saw this in Paris, and we saw it in Brussels. We face a twisted ideology and poisoned psychology that inspires the so-called lone wolves: radicalized individuals who may or may not have contact and direction from any formal organization.”

The Top 5 Most Islamophobic Reactions to Huma Abedin

Anthony Weiner’s wife has stood by him in a baffling show of support – and the media, both mainstream and right-wing does not know what to make of it.

With all the talk surrounding Anthony Weiner’s ( second!) sexting scandal, and what it means for his chances for an electoral comeback (not looking good), his wife Huma Abedin, the Michigan-born, Saudi Arabia-raised, former aide to Hillary Clinton is coming in for her share of totally speculative, and unflattering coverage.  There is the puzzle of why a woman of her stature is sticking with a man of Weiner’s ever-diminishing one, as well as depressiingly ignorant speculation about what her ethnic background has to do with all this.

And much of it, as should be expected, has been tinged with that unique sort of racism called Islamophobia, often concluding that her baffling resolve to stand by her man is the result of her ethnic background as a Saudi woman—as opposed to, you know, her personal choices as a human being capable of asserting free will.


Below are some of the best (by which I mean absolute worst,) most egregious offenders of this subtle, patronizing form of racism, a.k.a. Islamophobia, that is so pronounced on the right, but which you will find among some so-called liberals too. Some familiar faces will appear (shout out to Rush Limbaugh for never missing an opportunity) while others may take you by surprise (really Maureen Dowd?) Here are the contenders:


1. Andrew McCarthy, National Review

2. Mark Jacobson, New York Magazine

3. Elizabeth Wurtzel, Personal Twitter Account

4. Maureen Dowd, New York Times

5.  Rush Limbaugh, Of course.

Ramadan allowed to enter the US

Following the verdict of a federal appeals court, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, issued an order to facilitate the US entrance visa for renowned European Muslim scholar, Tariq Ramadan. Mr. Ramadan’s visit to the US is the first since 2004 when the Bush Administration refused to allow him to enter the country based on allegations that he had contributed money to terrorist organizations. Following his entrance to the US, Mr. Ramadan was interviewed by three immigration officers regarding his plans during his stay in the US and the people he was going to meet.

Obama wins over hearts and minds in Europe

Barack Obama’s candidacy is winning over hearts and minds in Europe, where his race, youth, and promise of change are raising hopes for a likeable America, once again. German weekly magazine Der Spiegel placed a picture of the Illinois Senator on its February cover under the headline The Messiah Factor. Inside, the magazine discussed Obama as exemplary rejection of the Bush era and links to the Iraq war, Abu Graib scandal, and egoistic diplomacy. A string of British pro-Obama groups have sprung up on the social networking site _Facebook,’ and a recent survey published by the CSA polling group last month showed that the French now favor Obama over Hillary Clinton.

Anti-Muslim sentiment surfaces in attacks on Obama

American Muslims are complaining that their faith is being used as a scare tactic in the 2008 US presidential race. Controversy caused by a photograph of Democratic candidate Barack Obama dressed in African garb may be indicative of deeper anti-Muslim sentiments. Even though the photographs of Obama wearing a turban and dressed in tribal garb on a 2006 visit to Kenya, his father’s homeland, the vision strikes up uncomfortable images of Muslim-ness in the presidential hopeful. During Tuesday’s presidential debate, he was also questioned about support from Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, and is receiving criticisms from his opponent Hillary Clinton, even after denouncing Farrakhan’s endorsement. Obama, a Christian, has fought rumors about his religious allegiance, including uneasiness over _Hussein’ – his middle name. Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Chicago chapter of CAIR said: When it comes to Muslims, the divisive rhetoric coming out of this year’s election ranges from the exclusionary to the just plain bigoted,” he said, adding that neither Obama nor any other candidate had adequately addressed the anti-Muslim climate. Rehab applauds the positive signs of having a black candidate for presidency being taken seriously and having tremendous success, but is saddened about the other evident prejudices – namely, the obsession with religion.

US-Islamic forum in Gulf backs Obama

Delegates of a US-Islamic forum in Doha overwhelmingly voiced support for presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Obama won support in a mock election by more than 200 American and Muslim delegates at the US-Islamic World Forum. Many of the Muslim delegates said they hoped Obama would win out over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic nomination. “The Indonesian people would love to see a [US] president who has studied at an elementary school in Jakarta” said Din Syamsuddin, chairman of one of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organizations.