Diverging from his typical fear-mongering messages about “radical Islamic terror,” US President Donald Trump sent his “best wishes” to Muslims around the world.
In contrast to Trump’s past messages of Muslim vilification, Trump highlighted the “richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life” in his 2018 presidential message on Ramadan issued earlier today.
Beyond claims of diversity, the US president also stated that “those observing Ramadan can strengthen our communities, help those in need, and serve as good examples for how to live a holy life.”
These statements of communal unity directly contradict the message of fear and division behind the “Muslim ban” that Trump initiated early in January 2017. The Supreme Court of the United States will rule on the legality of the ban, which covers Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.