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Image retweeted of Democrats Chuck Schumer and Pelosi using standard Islamic clothes standing prior to Iranian flag

Muslim groups in the United States have actually condemned Donald Trump for retweeting a phony image revealing leading Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi using an approximation of standard Islamic clothes and standing in front of the Iranian flag.

“The image is a collection of anti-Muslim tropes and clothes from lots of customs consisting of some that are regularly utilized to stereotype and attack Muslims,” Madihha Ahussain, unique counsel for Muslim Advocates , a not-for-profit group, stated in a declaration.

“It’s not unexpected however frustrating that the president would utilize his enormous Twitter platform to spread this sort of damaging, oblivious, anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Nihad Awad, nationwide executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations , or Cair, stated Trump’s retweetof a childish, offending and undignified … Islamophobic image … even more threatens American Muslims, Sikhs and members of other faiths who use recognisable spiritual outfit and are progressively targeted by bigots across the country.”

Trump retweeted the image on Monday , amidst continuing debate and worldwide fallout over his approval of the drone strike assassination of Gen Qassem Suleimani , a leading Iranian leader.

He likewise retweeted criticism of remarks that Pelosi, your home speaker, made to ABC News on Sunday, about demonstrations in Iran considering that Tehran confessed incorrectly shooting down an airliner , eliminating 176 individuals, after it released rocket strikes versus United States targets in Iraq.

Trump’s retweet brought the caption: “The damaged Dems attempting their finest to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue. #NancyPelosiFakeNews.”

According to the Associated Press, the Twitter account in concern has a history of tweeting in English and Persian about Iranian concerns, promoting pro-Trump material and criticising Democrats.

Schumer, the Senate minority leader, asked in a tweet of his own: “President Trump: How low can you go? Republicans: How long can you conceal for and protect the president’s actions?”

The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, safeguarded the retweet, informing Fox News it was planned to reveal Democrats have actually been parroting Iranian talking points, practically taking the side of terrorists and those trying to eliminate Americans.

Democrats have questioned Trump’s reasoning for buying the Suleimani killing and alerted about resulting stress with Iran. No Democrats have actually applauded Suleimani, whom Pelosi explained recently as “an awful individual who did bad things”.

In his declaration on Monday Awad, of Cair, stated: “President Trump has actually consistently targeted Islam and Muslims with bigoted rhetoric and Islamophobic consultations and policies such as the Muslim [travel] restriction, which media reports state is quickly to be encompassed other countries .

“Americans of all backgrounds and faiths should speak up versus this promo of spiritual hatred by the resident of the Oval Office. Such bigotry is not typical and should never ever end up being appropriate.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/14/trump-retweet-fake-islamophobic-image-pelosi-schumer