Ibtihaj Muhammad has become America’s newest sports hero, winning a match for the U.S. in fencing and becoming the first U.S. athlete to compete in the Olympics in a hijab. Now that she’s a well-known figure and hero in her community, she made another step towards the A-list by bashing the Republican nominee for president.
In an interview with CNN last week, the Muslim American was asked what she thought of Donald Trump.
“I say the words Donald Trump and you say?” the CNN interviewer asked.
“I don’t know, what do you say? Where do you start?” Muhammad responded.
“Do you think he’s dangerous?” the interviewer asked.
“I think that his words are very dangerous,” Muhammad said. “When these types of comments are made, no one thinks about how they really affect people. I’m African American, I don’t have another home to go to, my family was born here, I was born here. I’ve grown up in Jersey, all my family’s from Jersey, it’s like where do we go?”
She continued to speak about how she hopes to make an impact in both the African American and Muslim communities as a role model and hopes to change people’s perception of Islam.
The Olympian is clearly not a Trump supporter and never has been, going back a year ago she tweeted that friends don’t let friends support the Republican nominee.
Friends don't let friends like Trump— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) December 11, 2015
That’s fine, to each their own, but if Muhammad really wants to be a role model, why is she fear-mongering and speaking about politics without knowing all the facts?
For all of Trump’s gaffes and cringeworthy moments, the billionaire never said that he would deport Muslim Americans who are either natural born citizens or naturalized. Furthermore, he has repeatedly said that he hopes to change the visa process to stop unauthorized immigrants from competing with African Americans for jobs, and wants to increase educational and economic opportunities for them as well.
Maybe Muhammad doesn’t want to talk about politics — it certainly looked that way from the CNN interview and another interview when she pretended to not know who Trump was.