Exclusive Interview with : Muslim writer Shireen Qudosi, American Muslim political analyst a prominent Donald Trump supporter
Updated on: 15 Jun 2016
Shireen Qudosi, an American Muslim political analyst, is a prominent Donald Trump supporter. Speaking with Aarti Tikoo Singh, Qudosi, who writes in Counter Jihad, discussed Trump's renewed call for a Muslim ban after the Orlando massacre, what 'Islamophobia' means – and the intolerance of liberals:
How will Orlando – and demanding a ban on Muslims – impact Donald Trump's chances in the US presidential elections?
Donald Trump is right in calling out radical Islamic ideology as the foundation for extremist groups like ISIS – what happened in Orlando goes beyond immigration, gun control, etc. It's about theology. The fact that Mateen was associated with radical imams and ISIS sympathisers – along with openly declaring his allegiance to ISIS – is evidence of that. Trump is right – our crisis goes to the heart of Islam.
The public conversation is completely derailed with voices calling for gun control (a violation of our civil liberties), increased tolerance towards gays or targeted attacks against terrorists.
The conversation needs to be about extremism in the Islamic faith that justifies acts of violence. That's the core issue.
Trump is a controversial candidate – that's what we've loved about him. If you're going to be hated, then be shamelessly honest and bold. There is no other way.
The call for a ban is a suggestion at best – it doesn't take into account other sources of infiltration. Mateen was an American citizen. Immigration wasn't an issue here.
But why support Trump – seen as overtly anti-Muslim?