Their outrage is likely feigned. They more likely thrilled than outraged: thrilled that Trump’s silence is enabling them to push their bogus narrative that Muslims are the victims of widespread persecution and harassment in the U.S., and that authorities stand by indifferently (or worse), when in reality they are as unctuously solicitous of the Muslim community as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is in this article.
Why is Trump silent? Because he hates Muslims and is secretly happy if mosques get bombed? Sure, if you believe the likes of Ibrahim Hooper of Hamas-linked CAIR. Trump may be waiting to see who did this — because in reality, despite Dayton’s statements, there is absolutely no evidence at this point that the bomb was set by a “hate-filled Islamophobe.” And it may well have been set by a Muslim, to buttress the claim that Muslims are persecuted in the U.S., and deflect attention from jihad terror activity (as well as from the killing of an unarmed woman by a Muslim cop in Minneapolis who was totally incompetent and only on the force because he was a Muslim).
Shocking and “Islamophobic” to claim that a Muslim may have bombed the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington? Not really. There are abundant precedents:
France: An imam confesses to vandalizing his own mosque November 17, 2013
Muslim confesses to arson attack on mosque in Germany October 11, 2014
California: Muslim arrested in mosque vandalism December 28, 2014
Muslima arrested for setting Iowa mosque on fire June 25, 2017
“Trump still has not condemned the Minnesota mosque bombing. Muslim leaders are waiting.,” by Katie Mettler, Washington Post, August 8, 2017:
Since a makeshift bomb tore through a Minnesota mosque early Saturday morning, President Trump has used Twitter, his preferred platform for communicating with the American people, to rail about “fake news,” attack a Democratic senator from Connecticut and insist that he’s working hard while vacationing in New Jersey.
One topic Trump has yet to address: the mosque attack at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, where several people were gathering for prayer. Nobody was injured, authorities said, but the attack has left the Muslim community feeling unsettled.
And Minnesotans and others are still waiting for the president to condemn the attack.
“Silence on the part of public officials at the national level only serves to empower Islamophobes,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement calling for Trump to condemn the attack, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We are wondering why President Trump has not tweeted about this,” Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, told BuzzFeed News. “He seems to want to tweet about security and terror issues.”…
Mohamed Omar, executive director of targeted mosque, invited Trump to “come and see — to come and see what happened,” reported BuzzFeed News.
“He is the president of this country, and this happened to us,” Omar told the publication. “He has to come here and at least express his feelings and say this is bad.”
That sentiment has been echoed across social media.
Silence after attacks where Muslims are the victims is not uncharacteristic for the president, who has been previously lambasted for a perceived double standard that critics claim he applies when denouncing terrorism. Attacks perpetuated by Muslims draw his attention and sharp tongue, they argue, while violence targeting Muslims is overlooked.
“President Trump has to date not expressed any significant opposition to Americans turning on Americans of the Islamic faith,” Corey Saylor, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Huffington Post. “Through his Muslims ban and comments from the campaign trail, he has instead painted the entire American Muslim community as suspect.”…
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said the “terrible, dastardly, cowardly act” was “an act of terrorism” while visiting the center Sunday, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “The destruction done to this sacred site is just unthinkable, unforgivable,” he said. “I hope and pray the perpetrator will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Dayton was joined by the state’s lieutenant governor, the mayor of Bloomington and state Rep. Andrew Carlson and state Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali American elected to the legislature. Also in attendance was Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat and the first Muslim elected to Congress, who said he was heartened by how the community had rallied around the mosque, reported the Star-Tribune.