Shocked by Donald Trump’s call for the creation of a national database to register Syrian refugees coming into the country to prevent terrorism, one former U.S. marine came up with the perfect comeback.
Tayyib Rashid, who describes himself as an “Ahmadi Muslim—Marine—American—Dad—Husband” on his Twitter account, wrote to the 2016 presidential hopeful: “Hey @realDonaldTrump, I’m an American Muslim and I already carry a special ID badge. Where’s yours?”
His response was retweeted over 33,000 times. A barrage of posts soon followed from fellow service men and women with the hashtag #MuslimID.
Healthcare professionals, humanitarians and a police sheriff were among the many who followed suit, posting their IDs.
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While some women poked fun at the idea of the hijab not being an obvious identifier enough.
Although these comments suggest the Muslim American community taking it in stride, Trump’s irresponsible remarks drew comparisons to the Nazis requiring Jews to wear a gold Star of David on their clothes.
“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump said, when asked about tracking Syrian refugees in America. “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases.”
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In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, there’s a sense Islamophobia is on the rise.
More than half of the U.S. state governors say they oppose letting Syrian refugees into their states for fear of terrorism while previously welcoming European countries such as Poland, Sweden are pulling back on their refugee policy.
Another trending hashtag #1in5Muslims was spawned after UK tabloid The Sun ran the front page headline “1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis.”
People quickly mocked the claims online.
A fifth of Muslims carry an uncanny resemblance to their favorite One Direction member, one person suggested.
And quipped that one in five will kill time on social media.