Muslim Women Say They’re Afraid To Wear The Hijab After Trump’s Win

Well, here we are. Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States, and Muslim American women are afraid to wear their hijab in public for fear they’ll become the victim of hate crimes.

Trump’s repeated Islamophobic comments throughout his campaign – including floating, then backing off, then bringing back a plan to halt all Muslim immigration, and then putting the onus on Muslim Americans to report terrorists, thereby peddling his conspiracy theory that they secretly know where the terrorists are – have caused Muslim Americans to feel unsafe within their own country.

In the week following Britain‘s Brexit vote, reports of hate crimes rose by 58%. They eventually levelled out, but still remained at 14% higher than the previous year.

Muslim American women are now taking to Twitter to express their fear of wearing the hijab in public.

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