A CNN anchor encouraged Americans to begin wearing hijabs to display solidarity with oppressed Muslim women – just hours before a radical Islamist attacked students on a US college campus.
Claiming discrimination against Muslim women is on the rise following the election of Donald Trump as president, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota told Chris Cuomo:
“Maybe there will be a movement where people wear the head scarf in solidarity. You know, even if you’re not Muslim.”
“Maybe it’s the way people shave their heads, you know, sometimes in solidarity with somebody who is going through something.”
The commentary followed a segment in which several Muslim women claimed to be victims of physical and verbal attacks for wearing hijabs, as a CNN lower third displayed, “The Trump Transition: Fearful Muslim women take steps to be safe.”
“I hope I can wear it one day again. I hope I can feel safe enough to do so,” one woman said of her hijab in the segment.
As pointed out by Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller, CNN’s “piece did not note that some of the alleged hate incidents in the aftermath of Trump’s win have been found to be hoaxes.”
One such false charge came earlier this month from a Muslim student in Lafayette, Louisiana, who claimed she was robbed and had her hijab ripped from her by Donald Trump supporters. Lafayette police later revealed the woman confessed she had fabricated the story.
Just hours after Camerota made her statements, a radicalized Somalian refugee drove his car into a crowd of people on the Ohio State University campus and stabbed and slashed several with a butcher knife.
The Somali migrant, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, was a student at the campus who had previously complained about the lack of available areas for him to pray.
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media,” Artan said in an interview with a student paper. “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”