Women’s March organizer and political activist Linda Sarsour’s call for Jihad against Donald Trump incited violence, no matter what that term may mean to her personally, argues Robert Spencer of PJ Media. Jihad has long been associated with violence, and Sarsour’s words can be interpreted as a call for aggressive action. She also denounced the idea that Muslims in America should assimilate to their communities, furthering unneeded antagonism. This kind of rhetoric risks worsening the tense political climate that is currently ravaging America.
Linda Sarsour has been falsely vilified by conservatives for comments that encouraged resistance against the president, asserts Abigail Abrams of Time. Sarsour’s use of the word “Jihad,” refers to struggle, in this case non-violent and political action against the harrassment of Muslims in America. Her words were clear, coming in defense of an oppressed group, and have been taken out of context by conservatives who seek to sully her name. Sarsour has reaffirmed that she stands for peaceful protest while condemning any violence.