As Trump defends his racist, xenophobia towards Muslims _ by proposing to ban them from entering the United States _ Trump tweeted the lie about not knowing any great Muslim athletes. Of course, that is despite the fact boxing champion Muhammad Ali, arguably the most famous person in the world, is Muslim. And, so is NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Muslim athletes, and even non-Muslim athletes in the NBA and NFL have denounced Trump’s pathological lies.
Trump’s attack on Muslims inspired Ali to release a statement rejecting his claim. Jabbar, a brilliant writer/columnist for Time Magazine called Trump out for being the serial liar that he is. His piece is a must read. Posted below is a quote from Jabbar’s piece, and the entire column is linked below:
” If violence can be an abstraction — and it can; that’s what a threat is — the Trump campaign meets this definition. Thus, Trump is ISIS’s greatest triumph: the perfect Manchurian Candidate who, instead of offering specific and realistic policies, preys on the fears of the public, doing ISIS’s job for them. Even fellow Republican Jeb Bush acknowledged Trump’s goal is “to manipulate people’s angst and fears.” – Kareem Abdul Jabbar, talking about Donald Trump in his Time Magazine column Jabbar’s Column