Donald Trump was just brutally rebuffed by Muhammad Ali’s family after the Republican Presidential nominee requested to attend a massive public event to say goodbye to the beloved boxer and human rights activist. Although the family is staunchly against Trump’s racist rhetoric, they say they will allow Trump to attend the funeral because that’s what Ali would have wanted.
Trump received quite a bit of backlash after Muhammad Ali died and he took to both his Facebook and Twitter accounts to publicize the fact that he had met Ali before. Trump posted a picture of him side-by-side with Ali at a charity event for Cerebral Palsy.
The internet lashed out against Donald Trump’s attempt at attention seeking while using Ali’s immortalized name to do so. So, it’s no surprise to find out that there was a huge issue with Trump asking to attend today’s funeral for Ali.
According to Voice of America:
“Ali will be remembered in his hometown of Louisville with a service Thursday open only to family and then a traditional Islamic prayer service open to 14,000 members of the public. On Friday, the public funeral will be held in a 22,000-seat arena and include a procession through city streets.”
The most hypocritical part of Trump’s request to attend his “friend’s” funeral was the fact that Donald Trump has waged an all-out war on anyone belonging to Ali’s sacred religion of Islam. Not only was Ali a Muslim, but he was also a Democrat in support of President Obama, whom Trump believes was the worst President in modern history.
Ali himself gave a statement on the dangers of a presidential candidate like Donald Trump before he died:
“I AM A MUSLIM AND THERE IS NOTHING ISLAMIC ABOUT KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE IN PARIS, SAN BERNARDINO, OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. TRUE MUSLIMS KNOW THAT THE RUTHLESS VIOLENCE OF SO CALLED ISLAMIC JIHADISTS GOES AGAINST THE VERY TENETS OF OUR RELIGION.”
“WE AS MUSLIMS HAVE TO STAND UP TO THOSE WHO USE ISLAM TO ADVANCE THEIR OWN PERSONAL AGENDA. THEY HAVE ALIENATED MANY FROM LEARNING ABOUT ISLAM. TRUE MUSLIMS KNOW OR SHOULD KNOW THAT IT GOES AGAINST OUR RELIGION TO TRY AND FORCE ISLAM ON ANYBODY.”
“SPEAKING AS SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER BEEN ACCUSED OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, I BELIEVE THAT OUR POLITICAL LEADERS SHOULD USE THEIR POSITION TO BRING UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE RELIGION OF ISLAM AND CLARIFY THAT THESE MISGUIDED MURDERERS HAVE PERVERTED PEOPLE’S VIEWS ON WHAT ISLAM REALLY IS.”
Ali family friend, Saliha Shakir said that despite the fact that Donald Trump has spoken out ignorantly against the entire religion of Islam, he would be allowed to attend the services because Islam is a religion of “inclusion.”
“None of us care for [Trump’s] rhetoric, but this is what Ali would have wanted. He would not have turned him away.”