Trevor Noah Criticizes Trump's Muslim Registry
Donald Trump is considering creating a Muslim registry, and Trevor Noah is urging Americans to recognize how dangerous this is and take a stand against hate.
If Trump goes through with this plan, Noah thinks all Americans should show "solidarity" with Muslims and sign up for the registry, regardless of their religion or background.
While on "The Daily Show" he said,
We need to stand in solidarity with Muslim people who are being targeted by Donald Trump. If they start registering Muslims in America, we all register as Muslims.
If all Americans registered as Muslims, Noah explained, it would "take away any power the registry might have.”
It's important to note Americans wouldn't really be able to register as Muslims.
Trump's proposed registry would only require Muslims entering the country to register.
So, there's a nice sentiment behind Noah's request, but it's not really possible.
Still, it's worth examining why Trump's Muslim registry is a terrible idea — and why Americans should stand against it.
Sadly, the US has actually forced Muslims to register in the past (it's legal), and not all that long ago.
As Noah highlighted on Thursday night's episode of "The Daily Show," the Bush administration set up a database to track people from 24 Muslim countries (and North Korea) in the wake of 9/11.
This database was abandoned in 2011 because it was both ineffective and inherently discriminatory. But Trump is trying to bring it back.
By establishing this registry, the US essentially told the world's 1.6 billion Muslims it doesn't trust them and thinks they could all be terrorists.
Muslims are the primary victims of jihadism, so treating them all like potential terrorists is incredibly insulting.
Terrorism impacts their lives far more than Americans.
Terrorism doesn't give us an excuse to be hateful.
Only 94 Americans have died from jihadist attacks on US soil since 9/11.
Meanwhile, over 13,000 people were killed by gun violence in the US in 2015 alone.
Yes, we should grieve for every single life lost in a terror attack, but terrorism simply doesn't pose as large of a threat as many in the US seem to believe.
It's not even one of the top 10 causes of death in the US (heart disease is number one).
Statistically, you're more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than die in a terror attack.
Not to mention, discriminating against Muslims to combat a problem that is habitually overblown is not only wrong — it's dangerous.
Terrorist organizations like ISIS want Muslims to believe the West is at war with Islam. This is how they recruit.
When American leaders champion Islamophobic policies and perspectives, it helps terrorist organizations.
It's no coincidence terrorist organizations have already featured Donald Trump in recruitment videos from both ISIS and Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda affiliate in East Africa.
As Noah reminded us, this man spent a large portion of the election cycle demonizing Muslims, at one point calling for a ban on Muslim immigration to the US.
Trump literally once stated,
I think Islam hates us.
So, as Noah put it,
When you think about what Trump has said about Muslims over the past two years, giving him a Muslim registry seems like a dangerous idea. You wouldn't give Jared [Fogle] a list of all the playgrounds.
The man has a point.
There's no justification for establishing a Muslim registry, but that hasn't stopped Trump's team from trying.
Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and spokesperson for the Great America PAC that backed Trump, tried to defend the registry by citing America's internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII.
Fox's Megyn Kelly quickly shutdown this ridiculous argument.
To be clear, putting Japanese-Americans in internment camps during WWII was one of the worst things this country has ever done.
Speaking of WWII, Trump's Muslim registry is unsettlingly reminiscent of policies Adolf Hitler implemented to persecute Jews in the years that led up to the Holocaust.
If we truly want to live up to our fundamental values, we cannot implement policies that target entire groups of people.
It goes against everything the US purportedly stands for.
Noah is right: We need to stand in solidarity with Muslims.