The Trump Effect

Written by Sabrangindia Staff | Published on: November 10, 2016

Twenty four hours of having Donald Trump as the president elect and the streets of the United States of America (USA) look different. Shaun King, an American civil rights activist shared a number of screenshots of women sharing their experience of racism, misogyny and religious intolerance by Trump supporters, on the very next day of the election.

the Trump effect

the Trump effect

the Trump effect

the Trump effect

the Trump effect

A Muslim woman, in her Facebook post, wrote a post about how another woman at Walmart allegedly told her that she is not “allowed” to wear a hijab, and asked her to “go hang yourself with it around your neck”. Another girl – a Latino, wrote about being bullied in the school with questions like “you still here?”.

A 33-year-old black woman was allegedly abused verbally and was told by a group of supporters that Trump is going to deport her to Africa. Same experience was narrated by another black woman, while some guys tried to abuse a woman and allegedly yelled things like, “grab her by her pussy”.

Video calling for ban on Muslims disappears from Trump's website

Meanwhile, video of the president elect Donald Trump’s speech in which he suggests banning all Muslims from the US was removed from his website, as the voting for the presidential election was underway, reported Independent. The change in his stance was evident also from his acceptance speech on November 9, when he spoke about “common ground and not hostility”, and dealing with everyone “fairly”. However, ground reality in the United States portrayed a different picture.

In his speech in the month of December, Trump had called for a total shutdown of Muslims. He had said, “Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out – what the hell is going on! We have no choice. We can be politically correct and we can be stupid, but it’s getting worse and worse.”

He had said that the country cannot be a victim of people who believe in Jihad, creating an image of an ismophobe for himself. Trump and his allies have consistently defended the ban, insisting the measure was about Americans’ "safety" and not about discriminating against religion. Videos and speeches defending the ban remain on the Trump campaign website.

His controversial video in which he talks about grabbing women by their genitalia made matters worse for him, and darkened his existing image, that of a misogynist. His anti-immigrant stand is also very well-known from his “wall” remark, in which he had promised a wall between the USA and Mexico to stop the entry of the illegal “rapist, criminal and drug-addict” immigrants. 

Welcome to the United States of America. Under Donald Trump.