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‘Who the f*ck would go to Trump’s iftar?’ Muslims react to Trump’s dinner invite

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On Wednesday, the White House plans to host an iftar dinner, the meal that Muslims eat after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan.

As CNN reported, 30 to 40 people have been invited but the White House has yet to release the invite list. Nor is it clear how many plan to attend, given President Donald Trump’s long, long list of offenses against Muslims,  from stoking Islamophobia to fire up his base, to all but halting the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the US, to a travel ban targeting people from Muslim-majority countries.

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The list is virtually endless.

So it’s no surprise that some prominent Muslims are less than enthusiastic about the prospect of sharing an iftar dinner with the president.

“We do not need an iftar dinner,” Imam Yahya Hendi, the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, told CNN. “Rather, we need to get the respect we highly deserve. Do not feed us and stab us.”

“I was not invited to the White House iftar, but I would not attend if I were,” said Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

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“Attending this event, especially during the holy month, a time of introspection and spiritual growth, would be inappropriate in my view as it would appear to normalize this administration’s behavior.”
Other prominent Muslims responded on Twitter.

Activist Linda Sarsour wondered why the Trump White House was suddenly doing Muslim outreach.

The Palestinian activist and filmmaker Rula Jebreal chronicled her fraught history with the Trump administration’s dinner invites.

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Activist Mona Eltahawly incredulously wondered:


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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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