Donald Trump’s debate performance was full of dog-whistle references against Jewish people.
But there was another group that Trump attacked completely outright: Muslims.
Asked about his famous call for a Muslim ban, the Republican presidential nominee said it has now morphed into “extreme vetting from certain areas of the world.”
Trump also called Clinton’s plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into the country, the “great Trojan horse of all time.”
Hillary Clinton responded by defending religious freedom. “It is important for us as a policy not to say, as Donald has said, ‘We’re going to ban people based on a religion.’ How do you do that? We are a country founded on religious freedom and liberty,” Clinton said.
The Twitterverse meanwhile found another way to fight back against Trump’s rhetoric.
Inspired by Trump asking Muslisms to “report the problems when they see them” to prevent terrorist attacks, the hashtag #MuslimsReportStuff quickly started trending.
For most people, there was one specific threat that they were concerned about: Donald Trump himself.
Here are some of our favorite examples
I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri. #debate— Moustafa Bayoumi (@BayoumiMoustafa) October 10, 2016
He’s behind you!#MuslimsReportStuff#Debatepic.twitter.com/b9ueYfqO5b— Shaista Aziz (@shaistaAziz) October 10, 2016
Creepy orange clowns sighted recently across the country. Some say they saw one pacing the debate stage tonight. #Muslimsreportstuff— Zainab Chaudry (@zainabnc) October 10, 2016
I’d like to report that quinoa is overrated and looks gross. #MuslimsReportStuff— Eman Hassaballa Aly (@EmanHAly) October 10, 2016
I think my sister drank orange juice straight out of the carton, will continue to investigate #MuslimsReportStuff— basith (@MrCommonCents) October 10, 2016
#muslimsreportstuff My mother uses store-bought filo pastry for her samoosas every single year.— Yaseen Kader (@ysnkdr) October 10, 2016
#MuslimsReportStuff Gremlins 2 is the rare sequel that completely deconstructs the franchise. For my money, it’s better than the first.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) October 10, 2016
Trader Joe’s has a sale on dried mangoes #MuslimsReportStuff— TariqTouré طارق تورى (@TariqToure) October 10, 2016
#MuslimsReportStuff My dad is taking a nap, I’ll keep on watching him as Trump ordered.— Persian Rose (@PersianRose1) October 10, 2016
But, seriously, I’d like to report that I’ve got my voter registration card sitting here and I’m not afraid to use it. #MuslimsReportStuff— Sailor Mer(Kaye)ry (@gildedspine) October 10, 2016
Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. Reach her at email@example.com or on Twitter at @lillymmaier
Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. She is a graduate journalism student at New York University, where she studies as a Fulbright scholar. She also holds a B.A. in Jewish history from the University of Munich.
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