Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Muslim American who competes in the Olympics wearing hijab, has denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his “dangerous words”.
In a recent CNN interview, when she was asked about Donald Trump, Muhammad addressed his inflammatory rhetoric.
“I think his words are very dangerous,” Ibtihaj Muhammad said. “When these types of comments are made, no one thinks about how they really affect people. I’m African-American. I don’t have another home to go to. My family was born here. I was born here. I’ve grown up in Jersey. All my family’s from Jersey. It’s like, well, where do we go?”
Ibtihaj Muhammad will make history on Monday, as she is the first American to ever compete in the Olympics wearing hijab.
She has already made in impact on American society, whether she wins a medal in Rio Olympics 2016 or not. Muhammad has been using fame for advancing Muslim cause and to advocate for the acceptance of Muslims in the United States.
Ever since making the Olympic team, she has been fighting Donald Trump’s rhetoric. The Republican presidential nominee has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.
“I’m hopeful that, in my efforts to represent our country well as an athlete ― that they change the rhetoric around how people think and perceive the Muslim community,” she said.