Trump Wishes Muslims “Joyful Ramadan” In Statement That Mostly Says “You Need To Stop Being Terrorists”

The Washington Post reports:

President Trump issued a statement on Ramadan — a holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims around the world — that focused primarily on violence and terrorism. His statement was a stark contrast from the Ramadan message President George W. Bush issued in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, in which he emphasized how millions of Americans are Muslim and explained Islamic belief.

“At its core, the spirit of Ramadan strengthens awareness of our shared obligation to reject violence, to pursue peace, and to give to those in need who are suffering from poverty or conflict,” Trump wrote.

Trump noted recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and in Egypt, “acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan. Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.”

Trump also noted his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, where he gave a speech on terrorism. “I reiterate my message delivered in Riyadh: America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it,” he said in the statement.

  • agcons

    Surely Ramadan isn’t supposed to be joyful? Eid don’t know for sure.

    • Todd20036

      I think it’s akin to wishing someone a “Happy Yom Kippur”

    • Ranger One

      You people are so mean to Trump. Very unfair. But Happy Memorial Day anyway.

      • Todd20036

        Love you!

      • craigbear

        Because anybody here owes Trump jack spit?

    • ChrisMorley

      It’s a bit like Lent, with lots of extra fasting (dawn to dusk), giving to charity and good works.

      The UK Times Educational Supplement has handy downloadable charts with simple crayon drawings to school tRump.
      https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ramadan-and-lent-11016876

  • Todd20036

    I’m a bad person. If terrorists attacked the WH, I wouldn’t give a fucking crap except for maybe a few bystanders.

  • bkmn

    What drives people to extremism? Adversity, mostly. So what is he trying to do? Cut aid to foreign countries that provides food, fresh drinkable water and healthcare that prevents some of that adversity.

    • bkmn

      And I should add, killing civilians while bombing indiscriminately to kill the actual terrorists – killing someone’s family also creates a lot of extremists and Trump has told the military to be less concerned about civilian casualties.

      • David Walker

        “Kill their families,” I think was mentioned, or at least implied.

    • Moebym Reborn

      I doubt Trump or most of his fans have the intellectual heft to make that connection.

      The ones who can connect the dots simply don’t care.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Sort of like the good work the Clinton Foundation is doing. -Well if there’s any money left over from Hillary stealing it all to pay for the hitmen for all the people she murderalized. And gay Soros Muslim sex parties don’t come cheap. But there must be at least a little money that paid for a condom or two for a poor country, right?

      • David Walker

        What? And risk losing the all-important Catholic vote?

  • CottonBlimp

    Funny how Trump never releases statements decrying the violence of his party and his supporters.

  • Hue-Man

    I learned something this week.

    Eid al-Fitr falls at the end of June in Canada and signifies the end of Ramadan, the month where Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, marks the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac to obey God.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/05/24/canada-post-eid-stamp_n_16784664.html
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d6ead828fac57a665f3c671d38ff38f2c3084a835ef7bf7f67561b0abb0da20.jpg

    • TuuxKabin

      Gorgeous and educational stamp.

  • BlindBill

    “He wrote” ….. Hahahahahahahaha. He released the statement, but he obviously did not write it.

    • Ranger One

      Bad help is easy for him to find.

    • Jerry

      He thinks Ramadan is a cheap hotel chain.

      • another_steve

        ^^ LMAO!!!

        ohmigod that’s funny

    • David Walker

      Hey. What do you mean. He came up with “plenipotentiary,” didn’t he? Long ago.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Michael R

    Trump voters think all 1.6 billion Muslims are terrorists ,
    if they were they would have no problems destroying a measly 321.4 million Americans .
    The Republican party is doing it for them anyway .

    • vorpal 😼

      “OMG THE MOOSLIMES R GUNNA TAKE OVER AND THROW ALL U GAYHOMOFAGS OFF TEH ROOVES! VOTE TRUMP!”

      –Virtually every conversation I have had with a far-right Christian Trump supporter.

      • JT

        They’d prefer that we acquiesce in being stoned by them instead.

      • Marty Hodas

        But they kill us all the time, vorpal. And beat us and torture us. It’s not only accepted, it’s endorsed by islamic scripture.

        • vorpal 😼

          Also accepted and endorsed by Christian scripture. It’s right there in the Talmud, which is shared by all three Abrahamic trash piles.

          • Marty Hodas

            Being gay is legal is Israel. It’s legal in much of the Christian world too, and even in countries where it’s not legal, at least it’s not a capital crime. But in the muslim world they are killing our brothers and sisters!!! For god’s sake, why are we all so indifferent to this? You gotta stand up to this shit. You can’t go around saying “well we’re not so great either.”

          • vorpal 😼

            I agree that it is a travesty that being gay is a capital crime under Muslim Sharia law.

            Don’t think for a second that if Christian Dominionism came to rule that it wouldn’t be the same. Jamaicans are largely Christian-based in their beliefs and they turn a blind eye to the murder of “batty boys” and transwomen.

            Same god, different stupid. We need to educate people early enough to realize what bullshit ancient mythology is and to accept diversity.

            Stop defending any of these festering hateful mythologies.
            Good people are good regardless of what their mythology tells them.
            Bad people justify their bad through their mythology.

          • olandp

            I have NEVER heard or read where Vopral said any such thing. Stick your head back up your ass so we can’t hear you.

        • Ben in Oakland

          And it used to be endorsed by Christian scripture.

      • MB

        I thought we were lacivious homo-nazi butt-pirates ???

        * sad face

        • vorpal 😼

          Arghhh, matey!
          Polish me peg leg and I’ll reward ye with a load o’ grog!

          • David Walker

            Hadn’t ever heard of spooge called “grog.” It’s one of the things I love most about JMG…the opportunity to learn new things practically every day.

          • ChrisMorley

            Surely ‘grog’ hints at the former British naval tradition of serving sailors with a daily tot of rum and water?

            It’s not spooge in UrbanDictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=grog

          • David Walker

            Sorry. Not all jokes land well.

          • Jeff

            New definition

          • Nychta

            Agreed. I had to look up “Visegrad” earlier.

          • vorpal 😼

            LOL very low quality, full of alcohol. Looks like something that you should flush down the toilet and get rid of, but as a pirate, you’re willing to accept the challenge. Leaves you feeling sick.

  • Halou

    Even his ghost writer goes off on crazy tangents. What a loser. Also, fantastic job on getting into bed with the Wahhabist House of Saud. The ones who use oil money to fund the radicalization of western Muslims. Maybe if Iran donated $100 million to Ivanka the President would deliver a contrary message expressing the virtues of Shiite Islam?

    • Gigi

      Trump blamed 9/11 on the Saudis and has decried their human rights abuses against women and gays but when he met with them on the world stage, instead of condemning them, he curtsied before their king.

    • Hank

      Saudia Arabia: The BIGGEST exporter of Hate and Terrorism by the use of their Religious Schools set up by Wahhabism from Pakistan to the Middle East!!!

  • Gigi

    On Topic: From the Toronto Star. This is why some won’t “stop being terrorists.”

    “The images are merciless: Iraqi detainees slung from ceilings by their wrists like rag dolls; a blindfold to hide the next torturous blow, a gag to muffle the screams.

    A glance jolts the sickening memory of Abu Ghraib prison, circa 2003, when the United States army and the CIA let their humanity slip away.

    Yet here they are again, 14 years later — damning images from the ongoing battle of Mosul that incinerate the fog of war, revealing physical abuse, torture and the murder of Sunni Arab Iraqis perpetrated by a unit of American-trained, coalition-equipped Iraqi commandos on the front lines in the war against Daesh.”

    http://projects.thestar.com/iraq-torture-abuse-murder-war-crimes/index.html

  • MikeBx2

    Terrorists have been responsible for killing many innocent people recently in various parts of the world and most of those who were murdered have been Muslims. Odd that he only mentions the attacks in the UK and Egypt.

  • Marty Hodas

    Islamist terrorism is a serious problem all over the world. Only the muslim community can deal with it peacefully. If it’s left to the rest of the world to end islamist terrorism, it’s going to be too bloody to contemplate. I’m with Trump of this one.

    • Gigi

      I think you’re not clear as to what Trump’s message is. He thinks he will be the one to crush ISIS. And he’s not planning on doing it peacefully.

      Donald Trump vows to crush Isis and ‘replace chaos with peace’ during first foreign policy speech

      The Republican frontrunner said the jihadist group would disappear ‘very, very quickly’ under his presidency

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-isis-foreign-policy-speech-us-election-2016-a7004371.html?amp

      • Marty Hodas

        Then muslims better get to it quickly. Shout down the crazies that want to keep islam in the 7th century. Promote enlightenment ideals. As for the thousands and thousands of young muslims who are committed to terrorism? Sit them down, give them a good talking to. If that doesn’t work try a few smacks across the mouth or a boot in the ass. If they are still radical, turn them in.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Unless the why is dealt with, and the why is not a solely Muslim issue, terrorism will continue.

      Not just from the Muslim terrorists, either.

      • Marty Hodas

        What’s the why? It sure isn’t poverty. There have been plenty of well-off terrorists. Well-educated too. It can’t be American foreign policy. The whole world has been subject to it at one time or another, yet only the islamists have resorted to large-scale terrorist attacks.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Force the Israelis to make peace with the Palestinians. Their paranoia is harming everyone in that region.

          And yes, poverty and oppression do factor into making terrorists. So to does bombing everyone in order to kill a few people.

          Ask the Irish what it took for them to stop killing the English. It wasn’t a demand that only the one side lay down their arms.

          • Marty Hodas

            Israel is paranoid? Palestinians have nothing, yet they attack Israel regularly. Savage, terror attacks on civilians, young and old alike. Imagine if they had all the benefits of sovereignty. It’s not paranoia to prevent a state like that right across your border, it’s survival.

          • Karl Dubhe

            No. It is paranoia, it’s also racism.

            I’m sorry, man. I don’t believe the Israelis want to have peace with their neighbours. They ‘negotiate’ with the Palestinians like the Austrians ‘negotiated’ with the Serbs in 1914.

            Israeli leaders refer to the ‘Arabs’ as if they’re Nazis. They call them snakes. There are open calls for genocide against the Palestinians. From cabinet level politicians in Netenyahu’s government.

            For every Israeli who has died of terror, there are a hundred Palestinian dead. Who’s killing whom? Who’re the real terrorists?

          • Marty Hodas

            Wait, you think there is some kind of moral equivalence here? The Israelis don’t target civilians, the arabs do. That’s the end of that.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Yes. They do. The death toll in the last massacres in Gaza prove that.

            Israelis can and do get away with shooting people dead.

        • The Irish Republican Army aren’t Muslims. The King David Hotel was not bombed by Muslims. The Gang of Four were not Muslims. The Reichstag was not burned by Muslims. The Russian progroms were neither ordered nor carried out by Muslims. Native Americans were not the victims of genocide perpetrated by Muslims. The Spanish Inquisition was not conducted by Muslims . . .

          • FAEN

            There you go with your facts 😉.

    • BuffaloDan

      I tend to disagree on the assertion that “only the Muslim community can deal with it peacefully.” I attended a (new-to-our area) immigrant’s talk (at our library. TuuxCabin, et al.! Libraries are meeting places, too! 🙂 ), and the speaker described his internment in a Burmese prison camp. He was trying to escape because he was _only vaguely_ critical of that regime, having _only_ attended some protests. Some of the audience tried to explain how he “could have been” a terrorist, easing his way to the US in order to commit whatever type of nefarious deeds. This gentleman was in internment/relocation camps _for more than a decade_. In my mind, that’s a _long_ way to go to sneak into the US.

      I don’t think he was Muslim (didn’t ask; don’t care), but some of the audience seemed to assume he was. Regardless, it became to be discussed by the assembly that _surely_ there are terrorists here. It is ridiculous to think that only 19 people sneaked in for 9/11; another two for the Boston Marathon; two in California; and those other hordes of Saracens for the Bowling Green Massacre.

      They must be here — in piles! But Americans of all stripes can accept immigrants, the disgruntled, and _people_. Isn’t it nice to believe that by being normal humans, helping out people, and introducing potential terrorists to the wealth of America and the West, that they might think that maybe they shouldn’t blow stuff up? (It feels very Pascal’s Razor, in a way.) It might not be perfect (and, hells no to that!), but there might still be something of that “American Dream.” And everyone’s welcome to it, ‘f ya don’t fuck it up for anyone else…

      (Damn! That’s a lot more teary-eyed than I wanted. But, yeah, _shit_, to hear that guy talk…! Damn! If my grandparents could come here, why can’t others? Both of my families were seen as coming from groups that were “clearly” anarchists and terrorists a hundred years ago [Italian — killed their king, 1901; and Eastern European — who assassinated a fair number of tsars and archdukes]. Why not others now? Why?)

      • TuuxKabin

        WTF are you going on about? Did I say libraries are not for meeting places? I attend weekly, sometimes twice a week, with different groups. You made no sense, smiley face or not.

        • BuffaloDan

          (Not at all! A fellow librarian here. Forgive if I was unclear — and certainly muddled in my thoughts. Damn, no: Libraries are _fantastic_!

          (Forgive, forgive…!!!)

          • TuuxKabin

            No, no. I’m sorry. My apology. I went back and kept reading both our comments then deleted. Sorry you read it before I did that. I realized I was over reacting, tho not clear as to why. We’re in agreement. Libraries ARE fantastic. Sorry I didn’t think it more clearly thru. Hugs. And what a great a forum to have at a public library. We receive surveys as to why our local NYPL should receive part of Brook Astor’s bequeaths to our branch. I always take part in it, and throw some positive to the other two within walking distance of home. I cringe every time hours are cut.

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      I guess we’re more concerned about Russian oil now.

      • Lazycrockett

        For time not hosting one in bout 20 years.

    • Leo

      Says it all really.

  • Cuberly

    Love this, Fox is confused and Breitbart has had a precipitous drop in traffic, gee, wonder why. Couldn’t be a drop in those automated hits now, would it?

    https://twitter.com/ReaganBattalion/status/868199669595336705

    • safari

      So. Much. Winning.

    • Blake Jordan

      Maybe the majority of their regulars now believe their views are “mainstream” and no longer have to hang around Breitbart much…
      Or maybe they have woken up to the insanity of it all, and what it has caused…
      Or maybe the Russian trolls have moved on…

      • safari

        The latter plus, the horse race is over. Their guy won, and the entire premise of a site like Breitbart is to bitch and moan about not being the winner.

        • olandp

          It is hard to be angry at the government when your cabal is running it.

      • Cuberly

        Well, it was publicized they were under investigation for automated bots propagating stories from their site to facebook and other social media sites in March.

        And, now their traffic has dropped since then….hmmmm….

    • Blake J Butler
    • OdieDenCO

      fox must have only signed a one year contract with putin’s fake news enhancement company.

    • ZRAinSWVA

      My wigged-out ultra conservative ex-friend recently exclaimed the virtue of One America News Network, ’cause Faux had become too liberal. Likely the same for Breitbart. The people who post on OANN are remarkably void of facts and vicious to a fault.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Simple minded fuckwit…

    As bad as that was, you know he didn’t actually write it. Someone almost as stupid as Donnerreha is.

  • Blake J Butler

    125 days, Trump makes one last try to patch things up with Comey.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheSimpsons/videos/10154672793388697/

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Treant

    I just met you,
    And this is crazy,
    But here’s an insult,
    Respect me, maybe?

  • Ernest Endevor

    Okay. It’s 5pm Friday. What is today’s batch of new horrors to be?

    • Karl Dubhe

      We’re going to be surprised. There’s not going to be anything else horrible this weekend.

      (I can’t believe how high I am…)

      • Ernest Endevor

        Don’t toy with me. (Well, okay, you can. What are you high on? Something fun? Do NOT say ‘life’.)

        • Karl Dubhe

          Weed. 🙂

          Puff, puff; pass.

          • Ernest Endevor

            I’ll just sprinkle some on the salad.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Now now. Relax and pour yourself something to drink first.

      • Ernest Endevor

        You want to know something ridiculous? I don’t drink. I mean, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?????

        • paganguy

          Give it another week.

          • Ernest Endevor

            If I were to start there wouldn’t be enough vodka!

        • TuuxKabin

          Good thing we didn’t adopt you, non-blond notwithstanding. =;o)

          • Ernest Endevor

            I’m good at sitting on a sofa and rolling my eyes as the evening wears on and folks open the 4th bottle.

          • TuuxKabin

            We wouldn’t subject you to that. We enjoy drinking at restaurants & bars. No empties to lug down five flights to recycle.

            No. You’d have the places to yourself.

    • ChrisMorley

      tRump is locked up on the island of Sicily with the rest of the G7 until Saturday evening.
      His twitter machine is in the hands of his handlers.
      He’ll be jetlagged when he gets back to Washington DC on Sunday.

      It could be a relatively quiet weekend.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I take it you’re a glass half-full kinda guy.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Ernest Endevor

      Is Macron the new Bond? Do we know how he looks in square-cut swimming trunks?

    • Treant

      Do you think Trump even noticed?

      Oh, who am I kidding? He noticed.

      • pj

        any slight he notices

        • pj

          hell ban french fries

    • DaddyRay

      Macron knows who is boss

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      He also pushed back the Drumph’s attempt to pull him towards him.

    • NowAnAgnostic

      Is this the handshake where Macron gave tRump white knuckles?

      • bambinoitaliano

        No. That white knuckles shake was a sit down.

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Wait, why am I reading this?”
    “It has your name at the top, Mr. President.”

  • Blake J Butler

    Only the naive and the dumb would believe that he would be trying to be sincere. The man thinks he is entitled to respect, when he cannot give it to anyone else, and treat people like shit regardless of what is given to him.

    In most human interactions respect is a given, but with people like trump, it is and will always need to be earned.

  • acde

    To Quote a president: “very sad”
    The Current president and his advisors know nothing about anything outside their own purview. Ramadan is a month of reflection, self discipline and cleansing. To wish anyone “A joyful Ramadan” is at cross purposes and shows a woeful ignorance of the Islamic tradition – one of the few things in Islam that I can support. Very Sad!

  • Telling Muslims to have a “joyful Ramadan” is like telling Catholics to enjoy Lent.

    • Canadian Observer

      Not to mention wishing Jews a Festive Yom Kippur. For such a religious nation, Americans certainly love to demonstrate a profound theological ignorance.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it,” he said in the statement.**

    **Unless you don’t pay as much as I think you should into NATO
    **Unless you make awesome cars and sell lots of them to the US
    **Unless you make fun of me, my hands, my hair, the tape on my time
    **Unless I don’t have any Trump branded businesses in your country, in which case you’re losers anyhow

  • Cuberly

    This is making the rounds re; the Manchester bomber.

    The muslim community warned authorities about the bomber.

    https://twitter.com/SabrinaSiddiqui/status/867746174807285764

    • DaddyRay

      If only someone white would have reported him so the threat would have been taken seriously /s

    • Saw it in Shaun King’s twitter feed. The more people continue this racist narrative towards Muslims and refugees, the more idiotic they look.

      And this narrative was quadruplely racist already.

  • another_steve

    Allow me to translate:

    “All you murderers of Christians — all you not-white people who worship a false god — have a joyous Ramadan. And btw, my crowds were bigger than that black guy who conspired with you to destroy the World Trade Towers.”

  • Etranger

    Not sure what the problem is (aside from the use of the word Joyful perhaps). the remainder is actually the only coherent sensible thing this idiot has issued publicly.

  • Silver Badger

    Well, they do need to stop being terrorists. So do the kkkristians.

    • vorpal 😼

      Cut defense and increase educational funding.
      Teach critical thinking early enough (kindergarten) and subtly enough that idiot parents can’t object.
      The religious bullshit will fade to nothing less than superstitious nonsense amongst insular pockets within five generations, I expect.

      Children should start asking why and thinking about the answers as soon as possible, and realize that adults are not figureheads to be blindly trusted.

  • Franciscan

    He’s hoping that a month of fasting will kill off a substantial number of them.

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  • cleos_mom

    Isn’t wishing someone a “joyful Ramadan” something like telling them you hope they “have fun during Lent”?