In these first few days of the Trump presidential era, we have heard political pundits and seen social media light up with claims that President-elect Donald Trump won Tuesday’s election due to the strong showing of white Americans in an apparent show of racism and bigotry. Another view has now surfaced from a surprising source.
The Washington Post published an opinion piece Thursday written by Asra Nomani, a female, Muslim-American immigrant. The eloquent article highlights Nomani’s path as an immigrant, a liberal and now as a Trump supporter. Nomani describes herself as one of the silent secret Trump supporters who gradually came to support his views but who felt pressured to remain silent. Now she is bravely speaking out.
Nomani immigrated to the US with her parents at the age of four. Growing up in West Virginia, she considered herself a lifelong liberal.
Nomani notes the many news stories and social media posts decrying Trump’s victory and calling his supporters racist, bigoted and ignorant. As a female, Muslim-American immigrant, Nomani takes offence to that.
“That is where the dismissal of voter concerns about Clinton led to her defeat,” wrote Nomani. “But I am a single mother who can’t afford health insurance under Obamacare. The president’s mortgage-loan modification program, ‘HOPE NOW,’ didn’t help me. Tuesday, I drove into Virginia from my hometown of Morgantown, WV, where I see rural America and ordinary Americans, like me, still struggling to make ends meet, after eight years of the Obama administration.”
Nomani also took offense at Obama’s refusal to call out radical Islam. Having experienced Islamic extremism, she asserted that some governments such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia use this verbal minimalism to detract from the violence being perpetrated by terrorists.
Nomani stated that the final straw for her was a WikiLeaks email from mid-October. In it, Clinton acknowledged that Qatar and Saudi Arabia have provided “financial and logistic support to ISIL.” As Nomani learned that both countries had made multi-million dollar contributions to the Clinton Foundation, her support for Clinton was killed.
Nomani does not like everything President-elect Trump has said or all of his policies. But she knew that she could not support Clinton. That does not make her a racist or a bigot. That makes her a concerned and responsible voter.