After 20 years, Trump has broken a White House tradition that started all the way back with Bill Clinton.
Normally, U.S. presidents celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan with a dinner at the White House known as Eid al-Fitr. No one has broken the tradition since Bill Clinton hosted it nearly 20 years ago, but last Saturday Trump chose not to have the event and liberals are a bit upset about it. (via The Blaze)
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting celebrated by Muslims around the world to remember when the prophet Mohammed received the visions and revelations that allowed him to write the Quran. Many Muslims will make a pilgrimage to Mecca during Ramadan known as the Hajj. During Ramadan, those of the Muslim faith go without food, water, and intercourse during the daytime, from sunrise to sunset, as a show of obedience, respect and fealty to their religion. Before dawn and after sunset, they are encouraged to eat a meal to sustain themselves. Ramadan is ended with Eid al-Fitr, a day of feasting.
Instead of hosting the usual dinner, which typically sees members of Congress, diplomats, state dignitaries, and prominent members of the Muslim community in attendance, President Trump spent the day with the First Lady at the White house. He issued this statement showing he still recognized the importance of the holiday to the Muslim community: “On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr.”
At the end of the statement, he encouraged all Americans to embrace the “importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values.”
Despite the warmth extended by President Trump and his expression of appreciation to the Muslim people, liberals have condemned the president with labels of “Islamaphobia” and “racism”. Haroon Moghul, anti-Trumper and author of the memoir ‘How to Be a Muslim: An American Story,’ claimed that the president, “shows no concern for our rights, employs the worst anti-Muslim bigots in his administration, and enshrines Islamophobia into law.”
Much of the criticism comes on the heels of the ‘travel ban’ recently being approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump’s executive order effectively cuts off all incoming individuals traveling from six nations known to harbor terrorism, unless the individual can prove existing relations to people or entities in the U.S., for a period of 90 days.
Liberals who opposed the travel ban have been clamoring for a chance to supposedly prove Trump’s “Islamaphobia,” and they believe his breaking tradition of the Eid al-Fitr feast is proof of that. On the other hand, it’s very likely that if Trump had hosted a dinner, many on the left would have boycotted the event or claimed it was an attempt to ridicule the important day. He can’t win with them.
I fully support the president’s actions here. Since President Trump professes to be a Christian, he has no obligation to celebrate Islamic holidays, but making a statement was a nice touch. Liberals are upset about what he did, but they’d be saying all the same things if he had gone ahead with the dinner. This is further proof that — just like the Russia story — liberals never seem to let facts get in the way of their narrative.