Muslim woman kicked out of Trump rally in South Carolina

Published: January 9, 2016


A Muslim woman wearing a hijab was escorted out of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign event on Friday for standing up in silent protest during his speech.

A 56-year-old flight attendant, Rose Hamid, who was seated in the stands directly behind Trump wearing a hijab and a t-shirt that read “Salam, I come in peace”, stood up during Trump’s speech when the Republican front-runner suggested that Syrian refugees fleeing war in Syria are affiliated with the Islamic State.

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Despite Hamid’s silence, supporters around her began chanting Trump’s name, as coached by Trump campaign staff prior to the event in case of protests, and pointed at Hamid and Marty Rosenbluth, the man beside her who stood up as well.

As they were escorted out, Trump supporters yelled and booed at the pair, shouting at them to “get out.” One person even said “You have a bomb, you have a bomb,” according to Hamid.

Speaking to CNN after she was ejected, Hamid said: “The ugliness really came out fast and that’s really scary”

Hamid told CNN that she didn’t plan to shout or disrupt the event and she just wanted to give Trump supporters a glimpse of what Muslims are like.

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“I figured that most Trump supporters probably never met a Muslim so I figured that I’d give them the opportunity to meet one,” she said.

Despite her early exit, Hamid managed to speak to some Trump supporters sitting around her in the stands, several of whom said “sorry” as she was evicted from the venue.

“The people around me who I had an opportunity to talk with were very sweet,” she said. “The people I did not make contact with, the people who Trump influenced were really nasty.”

Explaining her sincere belief that “people are mostly decent,” Hamid said she was not concerned for her safety.

Trump commented on the disturbance after Hamid and three others, who were all wearing stars suggestive of those worn by Jews during the Holocaust, were escorted out by the police. “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable,” Trump said. “It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”


However, despite her disorderly exit, Hamid remains optimistic about the character of most people – even those who shouted at her to “get out” – instead she blamed Trump’s fiery rhetoric and its impact.

“This demonstrates how when you start dehumanizing the other it can turn people into very hateful, ugly people,” she said. “It needs to be known.”

This article originally appeared on CNN.

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  • TiredofCons
    Jan 9, 2016 - 6:44PM

    Republicans and tea people only see and hear what they want. Facts are irrelevant. Compassion is nonexistent. Fear is rampant. Ignorance is inbred. Such a poor representation of our country.Recommend

  • ddcannady
    Jan 9, 2016 - 7:39PM

    Where is the instance of Muslim persecution in America? Just because this woman isn’t allowed to dominate a political rally? Recommend

  • John Caylor
    Jan 9, 2016 - 8:49PM

    Blame the cop who escorted the Muslim pair from the auditorium. In America our Bill of Rights and laws protect citizens engaging in peaceful protest.

    Cops are uneducated thugs brought in to forcefully remove citizens at Gunpoint. As an Investigative Journalist I’ve witnessed hundreds of people removed at gunpoint from public governmental meetings across America the last 35 years.

    They were engaging public officials with embarrassing questions about corruption in government and accountability. There is no accountability in America and we are left wondering how peacful people are led away at gunpoint a further erosion of our rights.

    Those blatant Trump like acts were not reported in the corporate media creating loss of faith in local and state government. Police have aways been the enforcers for brutal dictatorships and are hated as much as Donald Trump by peaceful people. If elected Trump will call upon them to escort everyone to gas chambers who disagree with his rapid evil.Recommend

  • Azi
    Jan 9, 2016 - 10:22PM

    Manipulation and fame through fear and hate is one of the more efficient methods to garner support for one’s cause. Worked for Hitler, Stalin, Gaddafi, Saddam so why not trump? Except the fact that doing so he is challenging all what US stands for, freedom and liberty.

    According to polls 3/4th of trump supporters have no college degree, so go figure.Recommend

  • Jack Bash
    Jan 9, 2016 - 10:24PM

    I never knew the USA was like that. Shame on you ALL.Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2016 - 10:28PM

    Expelling the Muslim woman out of Donald Trump’s rally definitely shows increasing enmity with the Muslims in USA. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 10, 2016 - 1:32AM

    Rally participants showed lot of restraint and didn’t harm her. The rally was organized and paid by Trump. The organizers had right to kick her out. She had no right to protest in this rally. Recommend

  • Vikram
    Jan 10, 2016 - 1:41AM

    A Muslim man killed his mother in ISIS controlled Iraq because his mother wanted to leave him ISIS. ISIS made him kill his mother. Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:08AM

    @Hafiz Muhammad Noman: When all over the world Muslims are killing Muslims and non-Muslims the hypocisy of this woman is breath-taking. This was a political rally and not a protest rally. If she wanted to protest then she should have stood outside. Furthermore why she calls herself Rose which is not a Muslim name. Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 10, 2016 - 6:41AM

    These stunts just create more hatred. Recommend

  • ellialli
    Jan 10, 2016 - 7:49AM

    just a stunt from lady to get attention Recommend

  • Vikram
    Jan 10, 2016 - 7:50AM

    A big attack by Muslim non-state actors will help Trump get into the WHITE HOUSE tremendously. Every few weeks some Muslim is arrested by police in USA. Converts are becoming Jihadis fast.Recommend

  • Indian in US
    Jan 10, 2016 - 8:33AM

    I saw this on CNN last night and was appalled. Seeing those white-trash, rednecks treating this lady in this despicable manner was hurtful and disheartening. Trump — the shameless, self-promoting, racist white supremacist — ought to be ashamed of his behavior. But knowing his arrogance and haughtiness, he probably won’t even respond — much less apologize — knowing fully well that his poll numbers would go up.Recommend

  • Uday
    Jan 10, 2016 - 8:43AM

    @Jack Bash:
    Really? I think trump has to go some Islamic counties to learn what freedom of expression, tolerence and human rights is – thanks to the peaceful ideologyRecommend

  • IndianDude
    Jan 10, 2016 - 9:14AM

    The woman should not suffer the barbarity of the Americans and immigrate to the leader of the umma, the islamic republic of pakistanRecommend

  • Ashraf P
    Jan 10, 2016 - 10:02AM

    It is a bad time to be a Muslim as it is without pulling these stunts. Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jan 10, 2016 - 10:48AM

    Kuz shaher de log vee zalam san kuz sanu Maran da shonk vee see.Recommend

  • Travis Pearce
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:33AM

    Maybe somebody might want to take a poll of the way minorities are treated in Islamic nations. That will add more perspective to this news item. I find it difficult to empathize with this woman. It seemed like she was trolling the convention. Recommend

  • ehsen
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:48AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: This news is about America, not your village.Recommend

  • lkhan
    Jan 10, 2016 - 12:37PM

    Saad, more over, at such a convention, who would really care for her thoughts??? It amazes me to see to what extent some are willing to go for their 2 minutes of fame!Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jan 10, 2016 - 12:45PM

    In recent polls, 39% Americans agree with Trump to ban muslim from entering USA. It takes 47 to 50% to get elected. So Trump is no fluke. Trump has enough money of his own and cannot be influenced by any lobbying group. Usally in America, presidential candidates give this type of message by throughly testing it in focus groups. You may see more hard hitting anti muslim tv ads from him. Once a cadidate wins party nomination in USA, they usually run to center and cool down from their extremist position. But still muslim migration to USA will be an issue. Trump may relent after nomination and seek country specific ban rather than being a muslim. Since last jihadi couple were of Pakistani origin, Pakistan will have tough time under his presidency. Hillary is no better, she had called some pakistani citizens ‘snakes’ and too on Pakistani soil.Recommend

  • Ansari
    Jan 10, 2016 - 1:47PM

    I am always really surprised by the extremely right-wing, Islamophobic comments on Tribune posted by right-wing Indians. They always tend to celebrate extremist Islamophobia in other countries and love venting and posting vile hateful and rightist anger on the comments section of a Pakistani Newspaper. Why bother to post here?Recommend

  • ares
    Jan 10, 2016 - 4:54PM

    can this woman go to any of the Islamic countries and protest? Going to USA for a better life and trying to impose your values is?Recommend

  • Rameez
    Jan 11, 2016 - 3:22AM

    Is your comment related to the news?Recommend

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