Since President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, people have taken to social media with concerns and fears about the incoming administration. Riots, protests and the creation of safe spaces on college campuses have rose in the wake of an election that has left the country deeply divided.
But Ali Olaikhan, a Muslim-American, argues Trump’s comments were taken out of context.
“I’m a Muslim, and I know what he says about Muslims,” said Olaikhan. “I understand what he means. He’s talking about the terrorists or the extremists, of course.”
Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star, stunned the nation as he pulled off one of the biggest political upsets in history. Olaikhan said he was happy, but for the majority of registered Muslim voters, the election elicited a much different reaction.
“The first word I said when he won was ‘chaos,’” Abbas Abdul, a truck driver and former Department of Defense contractor, said. “I expected something to happen the next day.”
Both Abdul and Olaikhan were born in Iraq and worked as translators for…
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