Female, Muslim immigrant on why she voted for Trump


While President-elect Donald Trump ran his campaign to appeal mainly to white, male voters, he gained support from unlikely corners.
One woman has now spoken out about how she was one of Mr Trump’s so-called secret voters.
Asra Nomani, 51, said she had decided to speak out because of miscomprehension about who had voted for Mr Trump and why.
She said: “I, a 51-year-old, a Muslim, an immigrant woman “of color”, am one of those silent voters for Donald Trump. And I’m not a “bigot,” “racist,” “chauvinist” or “white supremacist,” as Trump voters are being called, for part of some whitelash.”
She said that she had moved to Virginia, specifically because the state helped to elect Barack Obama as America’s first black president.
However, she said that she felt she had to keep her electoral preference secret over most of the year, having been leaning towards Mr Trump.
Ms Nomani said that she believed Democrat Hillary Clinton’s dismissal of voter concerns had led to her defeat.
She explained: “I most certainly reject the trifecta of hatred/division/ignorance. I support the Democratic Party’s position on abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change.
“But, I am a single mother who can’t afford health insurance under Obamacare. The president’s mortgage-loan modification program, “HOPE NOW,” didn’t help me. Tuesday, I drove into Virginia from my hometown of Morgantown, W.Va., where I see rural America and ordinary Americans, like me, still struggling to make ends meet, after eight years of the Obama administration.”
She said, as a liberal Muslim, who had experienced, first-hand, Islamic extremism, she felt that President Obama and the Democratic Party were doing little more than tap dancing “around the Islam in Islamic State”.
She said that the issue worrying her most as a human being was “extremist Islam of the kind that has spilled blood from the hallways of the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai to the dance floor of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.”
The former Wall Street Journal reporter said she had tried to have a measured discussion on social media, but she said Mrs Clinton’s supporters were not willing to engage in debate.
She said: “I gently tried to express my thoughts on Twitter but the ‘Pantsuit revolution’ was like a steamroller to any nuanced discourse. If you supported Trump, you had to be a redneck.”