In his speech last night, Bill Clinton tried to appeal to Muslims living in the United States, but his plan ended up backfiring and drew criticism.
Former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, said during his Democratic convention speech in Philadelphia, “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together, we want you.”
In this sentence, Bill Clinton divided Muslim Americans into two categories: The ones who hate terror and the ones who don’t.
His remarks imply that in order for Muslim Americans to be known as “good citizens,” they must speak out against terrorism.
He made the comments in order to distance the Democratic platform from the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Donald Trump, who has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. But Clinton’s words hurt some Muslims who took to social media to criticize him. His comments, to some Muslims, appeared to say something along the same lines as Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.
"Okay but Clinton saying 'stay here' & help America as if a ton of Muslims (esp younger gen) aren't FROM here. & don't get me started on 'if,'" tweeted user @amzi_aman.
“Sorry @billclinton, my Muslim American daughters are part of the 'us'. They're not a separate category (or subgroup),” tweeted Mehdi Hasan, an Al Jazeera presenter.
“Bill Clinton has nerve saying American Muslims can stay in here if we do such & such. My Muslim ancestors got here before 1776. Take a hike,” tweeted user @DawudWalid
And there are much more similar comments.