USA 2020 Elections: Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sun Oct 11 13:19:10 PDT 2020

Noor bin Ladin: Being pro-Trump has caused me more grief than being
Osama bin Laden’s niece. Why do I support Donald Trump? Look at his
October 8, 2020 9:37 AM Noor bin Ladin
Americans are, in my experience, the warmest, most kind-hearted and
open-minded people in the world. I have found this to be true for my
whole life, despite being the niece of Osama bin Laden and sharing the
same last name (albeit spelled slightly differently — bin Ladin is the
original translation). Americans base their judgment on the content of
someone’s character and actions, not on the color of their skin — or
their last name. This was reaffirmed last month, after I voiced my
love for America and support for President Trump. The response to ‘My
Letter to America’ has been overwhelmingly wonderful, and I am most
thankful to all those who took the time to read it and send kind
messages, including Spectator readers. But in my private life, I have
lost a few so-called friends for backing Donald Trump over the past
five years. Coming out publicly was a step too far for some, and the
vitriol I received for stating my political beliefs revealed
unflattering sides to certain characters. From a sociological
standpoint, it is quite interesting that in some elitist circles being
pro-Trump has caused me more grief than carrying the name bin Ladin.

Even more striking were the contrasting reactions to President Trump’s
COVID diagnosis. Gleeful comments devoid of compassion flooded social
media, some even going as far as to wish for his death. Kim Jong-un
showed more sympathy than many of the President’s detractors. Yet for
all the hate, there was an outpouring of love and well-wishes from his
supporters. One take from a favorite Twitter account of mine
(@HonorAndDaring) expressed it best: ‘Trump is the first and only
President that I’ve actually cared about. That’s because he’s the
first President in recent memory that seems to care more about
Americans than an abstract ideology or just enriching his donors.’
This sentiment is clearly felt by many Americans, who come out in
droves for the President wherever he goes, including Walter Reed
Medical Center during his stay: if he can’t hit the road, the rally
comes to him.

And why do I support Donald Trump? Look at his record. He has stood up
to China, kept America out of new wars, solidified ties with Israel,
overturned the disastrous Iran deal and obliterated Isis.
Domestically, he removed handicapping regulations to American economic
growth, rebuilt a depleted military, brought back manufacturing and
revamped dying industries by renegotiating trade deals and cutting
taxes; he has achieved energy independence, curbed immigration — all
of which contributed to setting record unemployment rates. He has
tackled neglected issues such as human trafficking and unjust
incarceration — and given America a chance at restoring her
principles, pride, independence and true place in the world as beacon
of liberty and hope for all.

I had intended to write this from London, but COVID quarantine
restrictions prevented me from flying into the UK from Switzerland. I
did try to skirt the rules, I admit, via neighboring countries, but to
no avail. In proper Orwellian fashion, all traveling nowadays is
monitored with mandatory governmental forms throughout Europe, even if
your country isn’t on the quarantine list. I missed my goddaughter’s
baptism as a result. Besides the sadness I felt from missing out on
this, I thought of all those who couldn’t be with their loved ones
before passing away during lockdown, and was filled with dread at the
prospect of what the future might hold: is the next step ‘no vaccine,
no travel’?

At least I wasn’t subjected to a two-hour Black Lives Matter-themed
play, The New Tomorrow at the Young Vic, unlike my friend who wasn’t
so lucky last weekend. She was invited by a leftist friend of hers
and, unknown to her before accepting the invitation, the entire play
was a BLM manifesto. Not surprisingly, she described the experience as
a form of torture; her friend was enthralled. While I’m glad to miss
out on London’s latest cultural trends, I was disappointed at having
to cancel my reunion with friends — not least with Douglas Murray
whose book launch for The Madness of Crowds at the Spectator offices
remains a firm highlight of last year.

Thankfully, these frustrations and let-downs are outweighed by hope,
love and trust. Seeing the uplifting images of Americans rallying
around the President also warms my heart and lifts my spirits. I wish
I could be there with them. You can be sure I’ll be on one of the
first flights to America once restrictions are lifted — via London, to
meet my goddaughter, of course.

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