The Irony of the “I am a Muslim Too” Times Square Rally

According to an ancient ad, ten thousand New Yorkers can’t be wrong about kosher pickles. They can, however, demonstrate pretty clouded judgment about other matters when the spirit moves them.

“Ten thousand” is the overly optimistic estimate of the turnout at  yesterday’s “Today I Am a Muslim, Too” rally in Times Square. The figure was tweeted by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, one of the organizers of the event. The purpose of the rally was to show solidarity with Muslims who might be affected by Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, the revised version of which will continue to name the same seven Muslim-majority countries that was a flash point in the original. Accordingly, yesterday’s crowd was comprised as much by anti-Trump forces, who held up signs depicting the president as Hitler, as it was pro-Muslim.

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There was a certain irony in the choice of venue for the demonstration. This was more evident in who failed to turn out than who did…

 

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy is the Editor of LibertyUnyielding. He has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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