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Aziz Ansari: Donald Trump’s rise “makes me afraid for my family”

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Aziz Ansari on the red carpet before the 73rd Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles, January 10, 2016.

Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari on Friday accused Donald Trump of creating a dangerous environment for American Muslims with his “vitriolic and hate-filled” campaign rhetoric.

“It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray,” Ansari wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “It makes me afraid for my family.”

The “Master of None” star joins a vocal chorus of celebrities and entertainers to go public with their concerns about a Trump presidency. Fellow comics Louis C.K. and John Oliver have been relentless critics of the presumptive Republican nominee, skewering him online and on television.

Ansari, the son of Muslim immigrants, wrote that the current political climate creates “a strange feeling that you must almost prove yourself worthy of feeling sad and scared like everyone else” after a terrorist attack like the one in Orlando.

Trump’s remarks that Muslim Americans should do more to police their own communities, Anzari wrote, implied “that millions of innocent people are somehow complicit in awful attacks. Not only is this wrongheaded; but it also does nothing to address the real problems posed by terrorist attacks.”

In a June 13 speech in New Hampshire, his first after the Orlando nightclub massacre, Trump largely pinned the responsibility for the December San Bernardino terror attack on the killers’ Muslim neighbors.

“They didn’t turn them in,” Trump said, “and we had death and destruction.”

In his op-ed, Ansari dismissed those suggestions, cheekily arguing that, by Trump’s logic, “after the huge financial crisis of 2007-08, the best way to protect the American economy would have been to ban white males.”


  • Michael Neils

    That’s right blame rich, white guys.The financial crisis didn’t take lives. It’s NEVER the fault of felons, illegals, and nut jobs who DO take lives-they come in all colors and so do the lives they end.

    • Michael Neils

      Didn’t the NEIGHBOR give or buy the gun to the San Bernadino terrorists? Didn’t the gun store owner/seller tell police about Orlando terrorist wanting to buy armor? Didn’t a LOT of people tell cops and FBI about Orlando terrorist? Sadly it got sat on. But yeah, you DO have to police your neighbors, if you see something say something, some one acting out/spouting off hate at work, church etc SAY something. Because if the cops start asking ?’s people up, sees nothing, and claim harassment.

  • Opinion8d

    Head back to your country of origin and see how you feel?? See how the ‘opportunities’ of the muslim countries would let you live the same kind of lifestyle. The facts are that terrorist attacks around the world and here have mainly been by Muslim/Islamic folks -plain and simple. Trump, unlike most politicians, is actually putting the AMERICAN people first -not just Christian Americans, or white Americans, but all AMERICANS. If others politicians would do the same, we wouldn’t be where we are today. If you can’t pass Kate’s Law, there is no further evidence needed!!!!!!

  • Z

    Killery the treasonous sea hag is far more scary. Certain disaster awaits this once great country.

    Everyone hedge your bets, stock up, and get ready.


    Poor poor pitiful Aziz…..During this President’s term I’ve been terrified myself Aziz for all sorts of obvious reasons. And if you’ve been paying attention the only people that seem to have reason to fear being assaulted are the innocent people that are expressing there freedom of speech at Trump rallies. And those aren’t the Trump supporters causing the problems. So just stop your pathetic whining.

    • WHO DAT

      Why that’s Aziz… know, the comedian? Sure….you know, the guy that tells jokes? Of course you do……the guy that walks the red carpet? Wears that black tux with a tie? Come on… you’re just trying to make him sound insignificant….. Okay, I admit, never heard of him either.

  • Roman Schroeder


    I love your work.

    But grow a pair of balls please. Maybe you can get a pair through Obamacare. If you and your family are not visiting jihadi websites or making visits to Syria then I think you’re probably in the clear. No need to worry at all.

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