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Trump urged to apologise after Muslim ejected from campaign rally


Trump urged to apologise after Muslim ejected from campaign rally

  • Muslim woman ejected from rally
  • Rose Hamid staged silent protest
  • Trump supporters suggest it was a stunt

The news

US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is being urged to apologise to a Muslim protester who was forcibly removed from one of his campaign rallies.

Supporters say Rose Hamid’s eviction from the meeting in South Carolina sent a “chilling message” to the Muslim community.

What happened?

The rally took place in the town of Rock Hill in South Carolina.

Ms Hamid stood up in the crowd when Trump suggested Syrian refugees entering the United States were affiliated with militant networks.

The 56-year-old flight attendant and media commentator was wearing a head scarf and T-shirt with the words: “Salam, I come in peace.”

She was then escorted out of the rally by security officers. The crowd jeered as she left.

Ms Hamid, who says she is a registered Democrat, says she did not want to disrupt the proceedings. “I did not want to cause any problems. My goal was to stand up and to let people know that this is not an appropriate way for a presidential candidate to speak.”

Campaign group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), with which Ms Hamid has associations, has called on Donald Trump to apologise.

The context

Donald Trump has proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

The Republican front-runner for presidential contender has taken a tough stance against ISIL.

What they are saying

The overwhelming majority of reaction in the media and on Twitter has been supportive of Ms Hamid’s action.

Campaigners for Trump, however, say he should not apologise as her intention was to disrupt the rally.

Others, like Tim Carney from the Washington Examiner who was at the rally, says the situation was not as straightforward as it has been described.

Others have questioned the widespread interpretation of the events, describing Ms Hamid as an “activist”.