It’s not like United States President Donald Trump has made a secret of his contempt for Islam and Muslims. As has been rightfully observed many times, were one to replace the word Muslims with Jews in any of his Islamophobic screeds, then he’d most definitely sound like an actual Nazi.
Trump launched his political career in 2011 by falsely accusing President Barack Obama of being a secret Muslim. He has said “Islam hates us.” He urged police officers to “watch and study mosques.” He falsely claimed “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New York City cheered when the Twin Towers came crashing down on 9/11. When a supporter said, “We have a problem in this country: it’s called Muslims,” Trump nodded approvingly and replied, “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.” And he called for a “complete and total shutdown” of Muslims entering the country in the wake of a mass shooting in a nightclub in Orlando in 2016.
One of his very first acts as President was to slap a ban on immigrants from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries, and to suggest Muslim Americans should have their movements tracked by a national database. Meanwhile, much of his inner circle have ties to what’s been described as the “Islamophobia Industry,” including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ambassador John Bolton, General Michael Flynn, Frank Gaffney, and Seb Gorka.
All of this is well known. It’s been written about a thousand times. We know Trump hates Muslims. His supporters know he hates Muslims, and we know that his open hatred of Muslims is a big part of what makes him so appealing to them.
What we didn’t know until June 17, however, when excerpts of Trump’s own former US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s forthcoming book on his time inside the Trump White House were published by the Washington Post, was the genocidal level of contempt and hatred the current president holds in his heart toward Muslims.
After requesting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help and interference in the coming 2020 election, the very charge the president was impeached by the House of Representatives for, Trump expressed approval for China’s network of Muslim concentration camps in Xinjiang, or what ethnic Uyghur claim to be East Turkestan.
“Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do.”
“According to our interpreter,” writes Bolton, “Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do.”
Bolton also claims Matt Pottinger, a National Security Council official, heard Trump express an identical sentiment during a 2017 state visit to China.
This is the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, expressing unequivocal support for the worst possible crime against humanity, or rather what is specifically the cultural genocide and ethnic cleansing of 13 million Muslims, a crime tantamount to that committed by the Nazis against the Jews.
Seventy-five years ago, US President Franklin Roosevelt liberated surviving Jewish concentration camp detainees in Europe by summoning and harnessing the industrial and military might of the country. But here we are today, with the occupant of the Oval Office approving a totalitarian regime’s network of Muslim concentration camps, which hold upwards of 1 million detainees, representing nearly a quarter of the total Uyghur population.
In those so-called “re-education” camps, prisoners are subjected to political indoctrination designed to brainwash them of their religious and ethnic identity and replace it with absolute loyalty and total obedience to the Chinese state. This is an egregious act of cultural genocide. According to a report by the International Cyber Policy Centre, titled “Uyghurs for Sale,” the camps are also the source of forced labor and mass transfer of Muslims to factories across the country as part of a supply chain for at least 83 multinational corporations such as Nike, Apple, Amazon, GM, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Samsung, and others.
Detained Muslims are subjected to the same kind of evil dished out by the Nazi regime to the Jewish people and political dissidents.
Most horrifying of all, detained Muslims are subjected to the same kind of evil dished out by the Nazi regime to the Jewish people and political dissidents, including forced family separations, sterilization programs, torture, and summary execution. It’s also credibly claimed China is “slaughtering Muslims on demand” to satisfy demand for global organ transplantations.
Earlier this year, a panel of British lawyers and human rights activists concluded, “China continues to kill prisoners of conscience for organ transplants,” with murdered members of the Falun Gong spiritual group and Uyghur minority “being used as a bank of organs,” and providing the bulk of the estimated 69,300 illegal organ transplants in the country per year.
“The conclusion shows that very many people have died indescribably hideous deaths for no reason,” said Sir Geoffrey Nice, the tribunal’s Chairman, in the judgment. Many were “cut open while still alive for their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea and skin to be removed and turned into commodities for sale,” he added.
To support China’s concentration camps is to support the execution of Muslims for the removal of their organs, alongside every other atrocity that takes place in Xinjiang and out of view of the world’s prying eyes. This not only breaks the United States’ long-standing opposition to religious persecution, but also places the president well outside the will of the American people, who through their elected representatives, support the government’s sanctions against Chinese Communist Party officials directly responsible for these human rights violations.
Trump’s racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic remarks and policies are not meant only to satisfy domestic political calculation but are representative of exactly how he feels.
Further worryingly, the revelations from Bolton’s book reveal our worst fears – that Trump’s racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic remarks and policies are not meant only to satisfy domestic political calculation but are representative of exactly how he feels about non-white immigrants and Muslims.
While Nazi metaphors are typically dumb and lazy, how is Trump’s hatred of Muslims any different to the views expressed against the Jews by Adolf Hitler in “Mein Kampf”? If we’re having an honest conversation about the President of the United States, then the answer is it is not!
* The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Inside Arabia.