Muslim woman led out of Trump rally, seeks Trump explanation

29th Jan 2016

Nadine Osman

A Muslim woman who was removed from Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign event in South Carolina after standing in silent protest following one of the his controversial immigration comments, says she is awaiting a response from the Republican front-runner.

Rose Hamid said she was heckled by the crowd at Winthrop University in Rock Hill and escorted away by security guards despite merely standing in protest.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a call to the campaign of the GOP contender to apologise over Hamid’s treatment at the event o January 8. Hamid said she hadn’t received any response.

“I would like to hear what Trump has to say about it, I’d like to hear because if they say that it was because we were disrupting things, then I would like him to show evidence of where the disruption came, because the disruption didn’t come from me. It came from his followers because they saw me,” said Hamid.

Trump defended his proposal insisting he drew attention to radical terrorism, which he described as “a very deep-seated problem that we have in this country and throughout the world.” He made similar comments later in Iowa.

The flight attendant said there were no problems as she waited in line to enter and hear Trump speak. In fact, she said, one woman came up to her and said she was glad to see her at the rally.

“I didn’t get a bad vibe from anyone,” Hamid said. “The people I made personal contact with were very pleasant.”

Hamid said the mood shifted once the rally began, adding the spotlight began to shift to her.

“My intention was to stand up when he said something that was offensive, not just for Muslims but for anyone,” she said.

It was when Hamid stood up that she said people around her began to chant “Trump, Trump, Trump.” She said organisers had told the audience that if they saw anyone attempting to disrupt his speech, they were to begin chanting to point where the protester was located.

People behind her began chanting, she said, and Trump soon acknowledged the chant. At that point, Hamid said she and a fellow protester were asked to leave.

Then, she said came the verbal taunts from the audience. One man yelled at her to get out, while another asked, “Do you have a bomb. Do you have a bomb?,” Hamid said. “And I said “No, do you have a bomb? ’”

Hamid said security officials didn’t touch her as they led her out, adding, “I was glad that nobody got physical and did anything scary.”

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