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Portraying Muslims as a Threat to Women, Donald Trump Echoes “Us vs. Them” Refrain

posted on August 17, 2016

In The New York Times, Amanda Taub writes, “Donald J. Trump, reiterating his call to restrict Muslim immigration to the United States, has adopted a tactic that has long been a mainstay of strongmen and sectarian provocateurs: portraying outsiders as a threat to women’s safety.” Similar discourse has been used to justify intolerance throughout history, including Jim Crow-era lynchings. Taub writes, “By using women to measure moral distance between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ such messages portray outsiders as not just different, but dangerous.’’

Read at The New York Times