The 56-year-old Muslim woman who was seen on video being harassed after being kicked out of a Donald Trump rally on Friday described both the pleasant encounters and “ugliness” she encountered during the event.
“One guy was saying, ‘Get out — do you have a bomb? Do you have a bomb?’ Rose Hamid told CNN host Don Lemon. “I said, ‘No. Do you have a bomb?’ They were saying ugly, ugly things. One guy was saying, ‘God is great.’ I said, ‘Yeah, God is great.'”
Footage of the rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina captured the moment when Hamid — wearing a shirt that read “Salam, I come in peace” — and a man identified as Marty Rosenbluth were led out of the event by a police officer, and two men subsequently harassed her. As she was being led out, Trump said, “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”
Hamid said the remarks were “a vivid example of what happens when you start using this hateful rhetoric and how it can incite a crowd.” Hamid said of Trump’s pattern of anti-Islam remarks.
But at the same time, she said, one woman took her hand during the encounter and expressed regret at what she was going through, while the people seated around her did not behave in a confrontational manner.
“Some people would say, ‘Why even put yourself in that position, Rose? To be around those people,'” Lemon asked.
“Because I don’t want to think of them as ‘those people,'” she replied. “I think that’s what the problem is, that we look at people and we categorize them as ‘those people’ who are bad people and ‘these people’ are the good people. I believe that people in all camps are decent people as we get to know them.”
Watch footage from the interview, as aired on Friday, below.