A student at The Ohio State University compared her college’s response to Trump’s victory to its response to the stabbing attack earlier this week. She noted, disturbingly, that liberals seemed more scared of a Trump presidency than an attack inspired by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS).
“After this terrorist attack I’ve truly learned that the left is more scared of conservatism and Trump and Republicans than they are of ISIS and terrorists,” Mackenzie, a student who wished to keep her last name anonymous, said on Sean Hannity’s radio show Thursday.
“After the election, my professors went crazy,” Mackenzie told Hannity. “I remember calling my mom and saying, ‘You would think Hitler just got elected and massacred half the country.’ It was ridiculous. Trump was called a Nazi, a rapist, a white supremacist, one of my professors actually said we should be terrified because Mike Pence believes women don’t have the right to exist, or deserve to exist is actually what she said.”
The reactions hit a fever pitch. “People were crying, my classes were canceled, massive protests on campus … emails from professors about staying strong and how we are all going to lose our rights but it’s going to be O.K. And it was crazy — I just couldn’t believe it.”
Less than a month after the election, an 18-year-old Somali refugee and Ohio State student named Abdul Razak Ali Artan slammed his vehicle into a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk, got out of the car, and used a butcher knife to cut people. The attack injured 11, but only Artan was killed, shot by a police officer. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming Artan was inspired by its jihadist message.
“After this terror attack I haven’t heard anything about, you know, ‘We’re praying for the victims’ or this and that,” Mackenzie told Hannity. Instead of being traumatized by this attack, she said students and professors were encouraging understanding for the group the attacker came from.
To be fair, this is far from the full story. Hundreds gathered for a vigil following the attack, and students, professors, and other members of the community expressed their concerns and solidarity. Nevertheless, classes were cancelled shortly after the attack as a safety measure, but never as a show of solidarity to victims — as they were for students traumatized by Trump’s election. Most importantly, Mackenzie argued, the focus on campus fell to defending Islam.
“I’ve heard things about how we need to understand Islam, the vibrant Somali community we have here, howe we need to embrace them even though this is the third attack by a Somali in the last year here in Columbus, and all this stuff about, you know, Muslim sensitivity,” Mackenzie explained.
“That’s all they care about,” the student argued. “They are more scared of the right and Trump than they are of this terrorist attack that just happened on our campus. It’s sickening to me because I feel like they are gambling with my life in order to reach this multiculturalism lie that they worship in all of my classes — and it’s crazy.”
This disproportionate reaction may not be too surprising to conservatives who have seen the left freak out over Trump and the Obama administration go out of its way to separate Islam and terror — even going so far as doctoring the Orlando shooter’s transcript to remove references to Allah.
Nevertheless, it is truly disturbing to see a college which suffered at the hands of terror immediately jump to defend the attacker’s people more vehemently than they sympathize with the victims. This from the very same people who cancelled class for students traumatized by the results of a free and fair election.
This is not to say all Somali refugees are jihadists or that they must be distrusted. It is telling, however, that the left’s immediate response to such an attack is not solidarity and comfort for the victims, but support for the attacker’s community — the exact reverse of their response to the election.
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