Just hours before a Muslim jihadist stabbed Ohio State University students with a butcher knife and plowed into them with his car, a CNN host suggested Americans should wear Islamic headcoverings to show “solidarity” with Muslims who fear for their safety in the U.S.
“Maybe there will be a movement where people wear the head scarf in solidarity. You know, even if you’re not Muslim,” suggested CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s “New Day.”
“Maybe it’s the way people shave their heads, you know, sometimes in solidarity with somebody who is going through something,” she said.
Camerota made her comments following a news segment on Muslims who say they fear they will be attacked for wearing a religious head covering, or hijab, in public. The report, headlined “The Trump transition: Fearful Muslim women take steps to be safe,” claimed President-elect Donald Trump’s election is somehow tied to alleged “attacks” on Muslims. However, as WND has reported, some claims are suspect. In one case, a female Muslim student at University of Louisiana accused a Trump-supporting man of attacking her and ripping off her hijab, but she later admitted she made the story up.
In the CNN package, a Muslim woman named Marwa Abdelghani told the network, “I hope I can wear it one day again. I hope I can feel safe enough to do so.”
During the CNN report, host Chris Cuomo suggested Muslim women take measures to defend themselves.
“I think self-defense training is good for everybody,” he said. “Prepare yourself for whatever can come.”
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Hours after CNN’s report, a Somali refugee stabbed Ohio State University students with a butcher knife. Police shot and killed the man as he was attacking students outside a science building. Eleven people were transported to area hospitals with various injuries, according to the Columbus, Ohio, fire department.
The dead attacker was reportedly an Ohio State student – an 18-year-old Somali refugee named Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who left Somalia with his family for Pakistan in 2007 and obtained a green card to enter the U.S. in 2014.
Artan had expressed his concern regarding his ability to pray in public.
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media,” he told the campus newspaper, the Lantern, several months ago. “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”
He blamed the negative view Americans have of Muslims on “Islamophobia” planted in their minds by the U.S. media.
“I don’t blame them,” he continued. “It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it, and it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”