Muslim Student Alleges Man Yelling ‘Trump, Trump, Trump’ Attacked Him

AP

A Muslim student at Wichita State University alleged that a man who claimed to support GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump attacked him and a Latino friend in a gas station parking lot late Saturday night, according to a Wichita Eagle report.

Khondoker Usama, the student body vice president at the university, recounted his version of events to the newspaper. He said he and his friend, who has for now chosen to remain anonymous, stopped at a Kwik Shop near the Wichita State campus to refill their car. A young man who Usama said was harassing a black customer at the store then turned his attention to the pair, allegedly hurling racial epithets at them.

“Suddenly it turned onto us, calling us ‘brown trash, go home. Trump will win,’” Usama told the newspaper.

Usama said the man told the two students to leave the store, and he pushed back.

“This is my country; who are you to tell me that?” Usama said.

The exchange escalated, and the man then allegedly tackled Usama’s friend to the ground. Usama said he too was pushed when he tried to intervene.

“He kept kicking the student who was laying on the ground,” Usama told the Wichita Eagle. “He was kicking him; it was a gut-wrenching scene. He saw that I was calling the police and got back on his motorcycle and circled around us and was saying ‘Trump, Trump, Trump, we will make America great again. You losers will be thrown out of the wall.’”

The students said they filed a report with the Wichita police.

The local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group, has called on law enforcement to treat the incident as a hate crime and for Trump to address it specifically.

“Donald Trump should himself repudiate this alleged hate crime, apparently committed by one of his supporters,” CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy said in a statement emailed to TPM.

The GOP candidate has made inflammatory comments about both Muslims and Latinos, saying that “Islam hates us” and calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists.”

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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