(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/17/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s retweet of an attack on the Muslim mayor of London by notorious Islamophobe Katie Hopkins who is scheduled to speak at a hate group’s event this week in Connecticut.
Trump retweeted a post by Hopkins that referred to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s city of London as “Londonistan,” an Islamophobic term used by anti-Muslim bigots like Hopkins. In his tweet, Trump called Khan a “disaster” and a “national disgrace who is destroying the city of London.”
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Hopkins is infamous for using the term “final solution” to describe how the UK should respond to a deadly bombing in that country. That same phrase was used by the Nazis to describe the genocide targeting Europe’s Jewish population.
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Hopkins is scheduled to speak June 19 during an event at an undisclosed location in central Connecticut hosted by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America, which has alleged ties to white supremacist, neo-Nazi hate organizations.
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“Given Mr. Trump’s long history of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric, it is not surprising that he would amplify such Islamophobic bigotry,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “Despite Mr. Trump’s ongoing attempts to normalize Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry, we must all continue to condemn his offensive rhetoric and refuse to view it as ‘normal’ in any way.”
He noted that in 2015, Hopkins suggested, "Bring on the gunships, force migrants back to their shores and burn the boats," to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean and likened migrants to "cockroaches."
In 2016 she tweeted: “Muslim men raping white women is consistent with the teaching of Islam.”
In 2017, Hopkins gave a speech in Florida regarding the "institutionalized and systemic discrimination against whites.” She called on the audience to resist the narrative of unity and recognize "the UK is now formed of two distinct territories. There is Londonistan and there is the rest of the UK."
Hopkins was banned from Fox News in June 2017 after she argued "we need to start incarcerating, deporting, repeating, until we clean this country up" and "we do need internment camps.”
Hopkins’ Connecticut sponsor, ACT for America, has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named the group’s leader, Brigitte Gabriel, as a member of the nation's "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle."
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since Trump’s election of Donald Trump as president and has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.