By now anyone with access to television or the internet should know that Donald J. Trump is a sentient potato sack stuffed with yesterday’s garbage and left out in the sun for too long. But in case you need another reminder, Aziz Ansari provided a poignant one in the form of an op-ed published today in the New York Times.
Entitled “Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family”, the essay takes Trump to task for his racist bloviating against Muslims in the aftermath of the recent attack in Orlando. As the son of Muslim immigrants, he relates how he fears for his parents’ safety now that bigotry and hate speech have become an accepted part of the national discourse. “It’s visceral, and scary,” he writes, “and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense.”
Though Ansari specifically calls out the angry, overripe tomato for his “xenophobic rhetoric,” he also notes that Trump’s attacks on Mexicans and Muslims have been “continually disproved” and have no basis in real, lived experience. He writes of his own experience as a student at NYU in the aftermath of 9/11, when he feared for his life and was called a “terrorist” once while crossing the street.
Read the full op-ed here.