In Trump’s America, ‘acting Muslim’ is more dangerous than ever

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers Tuesday at the White House. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press) At the height of his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I think Islam hates us” — a cynical, calculated declaration in the perpetual war of words over the dubious question whether Islam, writ large, is “at war” with the West. That line communicated two different things to two different audiences: It energized Trump’s voting base, primed to view terrorist violence as an existential struggle, rather than a global security challenge to be addressed rationally; and helped...

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