Trump Just Called Islam One Of World’s Great Religions – His Base Is Livid
During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump called Islam “a religion based on hatred” and vowed to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. On Sunday, however, president Trump’s reality collided with candidate Trump’s words in the most abrupt way.
In a major address Sunday to the leaders of 50 nations where Islam is the predominant faith, after a night of dancing with, drumming Saudi men, Trump called Islam one of the world’s great religions. It was a sharp and jarring break for a man whose campaign was built upon hateful language about Muslim and Hispanic immigrants.
Trump’s abrupt departure from past rhetoric has reportedly angered his Evangelical base as he veered closer than ever to the establishment views of American influence abroad, a sharp and jarring break for a man whose campaign was built upon hateful language about Muslim and Hispanic immigrants.
In fact, Trump’s message Sunday was far closer in tone to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush than to the hate-filled rhetoric that electrified the Republican campaign trail and propelled him to the White House.
“I stand before you as a representative of the American people to deliver a message of friendship and hope and love,” Trump said, according to CNN. “Our vision is one of peace, security and prosperity in this region and all throughout the world. Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.”
The speech put Trump at odds with the president he vowed to be on the campaign trail, one who bars all Muslims from entering the country and who cuts off ties with regimes who repress parts of their populations.