Muslim women wearing hijabs assaulted in US after Trump win
WASHINGTON (92 News) – Hours after US President-elect Donald Trump’s victory speech, two female Muslim students of country’s universities have been attacked on Friday.
A Muslim student at San Jose University told cops she was attacked from behind in a parking garage at San Jose State University. A man ran up and pulled at her hijab, choking her. And also in California, at San Diego State University, another Muslim student reported being followed by two men who made comments about Trump and the Muslims before robbing her.
University police say the suspects confronted the woman, stole her purse and car keys before fleeing the scene. They came back for her car while she was off searching for help.
The attacks came a day after the election of Republican Donald Trump, who at one point proposed a temporary ban on the immigration of Muslims to the United States.
It was the first full day of America under a President-elect Trump. And it reinforced fears that the Republican’s upset victory would inspire a new wave of Islamophobia nationwide.
One of US President-elect Donald Trump’s most popular proposals within his base has been to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. He has expressed an openness to secretly surveying mosques and Muslim leaders. He’s even suggested that American Muslims are actively harboring foreign terrorists.
Trump’s sweeping proposals have raised concerns of widespread discrimination that targets an entire religious group.
Many Muslim women chose to wear a hijab, a veil traditionally wrapped around their head. But it also clearly marks an easily identifiable symbol of Islam.
Muslim women voiced their anxiety as the final election results cemented Trump’s victory. Some issued warnings to women that in wearing a hijab, their faith would compromise their personal safety. Others remained defiant.