First Hijab-Wearing American Olympian: Trump's Words 'Very Dangerous'

"I’m hopeful that [I can] change the rhetoric around how people think and perceive the Muslim community."

Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim-American woman athlete to wear a hijab in the Olympics, has warned of Presidential candidate Donald Trump's "very dangerous" words. 

In an interview with CNN, the fencer voiced her concern about Trump's rhetoric towards Islam this election season, saying it causes deep harm to people like her New Jersey native family. 

"I think his words are very dangerous," Muhammad said. "When these types of comments are made, no one thinks about how they really affect people. I’m African American. I don’t have another home to go to. My family was born here. I was born here. I’ve grown up in Jersey. All my family’s from Jersey. It’s like, well, where do we go?"

Muhammad also stated she hopes that her representing the United States in Rio this year will help change the rhetoric towards Muslims. 

"I’m hopeful that, in my efforts to represent our country well as an athlete — that they change the rhetoric around how people think and perceive the Muslim community," she said.

The leftist media have since been openly celebrating Muhammad's wearing a hijab at the Olympics, giving it full-throated coverage on every major network, ignoring the reality of what would happen to her if she decided to remove that hijab in a country like Saudi Arabia. 

Rio 2016 has thus far been rife with American athletic achievements, with Michael Phelps reclaiming a gold medal in the freestyle relay and swimmer Katie Ledecky smashing a world record in the 400m freestyle. Shortly after Ledecky claimed victory, she cited her Catholic faith as a "very important" influence in her life. The mainstream will never celebrate Ledecky's profession of faith at the Olympics like they have Muhammad's.

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