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Muslim Progressive: Why I Voted for Trump

In their ivory towers in New York, the liberal elite could have never dreamed that there might actually be such a thing as a Muslim supporter of Donald Trump. Why, how could it be? My word, only hillbillies and oil billionaires are voting for that guy! Don’t they know he’s racist? Don’t they know he hates them?

It will be a while before it stops being fun. Those guys have been so wrong about so much, and they’re just now starting to realize it. If the lesson sticks, then we will have already made America great again.

But until that time, it’s worth highlighting the many, many exceptions to the prevailing mainstream narrative. Exceptions such as Asra Nomani, who in addition to being a former Wall Street Journal reporter, is a Muslim immigrant, a woman, and a bleeding-heart progressive.

And she voted for Trump.

“After Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede, making him America’s president-elect, a friend on Twitter wrote a message of apology to the world, saying there are millions of Americans who don’t share Trump’s ‘hatred/division/ignorance.’ She ended: ‘Ashamed of millions that do,'” wrote Nomani.

“That would presumably include me — but it doesn’t, and that is where the dismissal of voter concerns about Clinton led to her defeat,” she wrote. “I most certainly reject the trifecta of ‘hatred/division/ignorance.’ I support the Democratic Party’s position on abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change.”

Nomani explained that she voted for Trump because while all of those high-minded, coffee table ideas were fine and dandy, the fact remained that she was unable to make ends meet in Obama’s America. With health insurance premiums skyrocketing and federal mortgage plans out of her reach, Nomani knew she couldn’t afford another four years of a Democratic Party economy.

But, she said, that was only part of why she voted for Trump.

“As a liberal Muslim who has experienced, first-hand, Islamic extremism in this world, I have been opposed to the decision by President Obama and the Democratic Party to tap dance around the ‘Islam’ in Islamic State,” Nomani said.

Without fully putting her stamp of approval on Trump proposals like the Muslim ban, Nomani said she was frustrated and frightened by Hillary Clinton’s willingness to perform the same tap dance. A fear that was only heightened by the WikiLeaks revelations that showed how financially entrenched Clinton was with Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Muslim-Americans like Nomani have been vilified by Islamic activist groups and ignored by the mainstream media. They, like many Trump voters, are tired of having their voices silenced. Hopefully Trump’s election will change that and we’ll start having REAL discussions about some of the biggest issues facing our country.

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