Suzanne Barakat, sister of the Muslim student who was killed along with his wife and sister-in-law in Chapel Hill, North Carolina last year, has challenged Donald Trump on Twitter to meet with her, after he spoke glowingly about killing Islamic terrorists with “bullets dipped in pig blood.” The Republican frontrunner had made his comments in South Carolina on Friday, recounting an (unverified) story of how General John Pershing captured 50 militants and had his soldiers kill them with bullets coated in pig blood. “This is something you can read in the history books,’’ Trump said. “Not a lot of history books, because they don’t like teaching it.’’
After hearing his remarks, Barakat, a 28-year old physician living in San Francisco challenged Trump on Twitter, writing, “Meet me in person and tell me my brother, Yusor & Razan were deserving of the bullets.”
— Suzanne Barakat (@sbarakat210) February 20, 2016
She told The New York Times that his type of rhetoric, along with “proposals” to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., only contribute to a climate of fear and intolerance. Referencing the man who killed her brother, she said Trump’s words “allow for the Average Joe to see Muslims the way Craig Hicks saw my brother and his wife of six weeks and her sister, as ‘The Other,’ as subhuman, because of their faith.” If Trump really believes he is the authority on American Muslims, she said, he should “call me up and meet with me and let’s have a chat.” So far, Trump has not responded to her request.
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