She has been the media darling of the Olympics: Ibtihaj Muhammed, the first Muslim-American athlete to don a hijab during the games. The mainstream media have spoken of her at every chance and even wished for her to be the one carrying the American flag during the opening ceremonies instead of gold medal collector Michael Phelps.
When she was interviewed, Muhammed said she was concerned about Donald Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims, calling his words “dangerous.” But she is hoping her media presence can help turn the tide:
"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.”
But it’s Muhammed’s own rhetoric that will hinder any chance of a shift in public opinion about Muslims. On Twitter, Muhammed has exposed herself as a typical anti-Semite, anti-Israel Muslim. Pamela Geller posted a collection of screenshots of those tweets:
So, while the media is distracted by this “historic” moment pushing religious attire, it’s actively ignoring the troubling beliefs of its favorite fencer — who, by the way, will not be bringing home an individual medal after all the hype.