Yes, indeed: Trump Should Apologize!
I would like to announce today that I whole-heartedly agree with the Republican establishment and the American media establishment that Donald Trump owes an apology to all of us for his recent comments on Islamic immigration, but with one caveat: I think Trump should apologize not for what he said about Muslims but for what he did not say.
Donald Trump should apologize to the American people for failing to even broach the topic of the Council On American-Islamic Relations' track record. CAIR is the most visible Islamic organization in the United States, quoted quite liberally by the major media outlets and treated with respect--and fear--by leaders of the Obama administratin. Trump has done a major disservice to us all by not getting into some of the very unsavory specifics about this so-called “civil rights organization.” With thanks to Srdja Trifkovic and others who have documented CAIR's highly dubious behavior for years, I would like to suggest the following.
- Trump should apologize for failing to question why CAIR dubbed the guilty verdict in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case “a travesty of justice”
-Trump should apologize for failing to publicly question why CAIR condemned the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called “blind sheikh”, for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks, as a “hate crime”
-Trump should apologize for not bringing to light the 1998 statement of CAIR’s chairman of the board, Omar Ahmad, that the Qu’ran should be America’s highest authority
-Trump should apologize for not mentioning that after 9/11, CAIR posted a hyperlink under a picture of the burning Twin Towers calling for donations–not donations for the 9/11 victims, but for an organization known as the Holy Land Foundation, an Islamic charity whose assets were frozen soon thereafter by the Treasury Department
-Trump should apologize for not questioning why CAIR has called for donations to multiple Islamic charities – the Holy Land Foundation and Global Relief Foundation--whose assets have been frozen due to terrorist ties
-Trump should apologize for not questioning why CAIR has lied that its public educational campaigns on Islam in the form of books and CDs throughout American libraries are not funded from abroad, when in fact it has been documented that a Saudi prince has made donations to such CAIR-led campaigns
-Trump should apologize for not informing the general public that the founder of CAIR’s Texas chapter, a man named Ghassan Elashi, was sentenced to 65 years in federal prison on 21 counts of terrorism charges
-Trump should apologize for not informing the general public that the former “National Civil Rights Coordinator” and “Communications Specialist” of CAIR, a man named Randall “Ismail” Royer, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in connection with assisting the radical Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba
If Mr. Trump publicly apologizes for all of these omissions, I personally will be happy to forgive him.