“Ten thousand” is the overly optimistic estimate of the turnout at yesterday’s “Today I Am a Muslim, Too” rally in Times Square. The figure was tweeted by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, one of the organizers of the event. The purpose of the rally was to show solidarity with Muslims who might be affected by Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, the revised version of which will continue to name the same seven Muslim-majority countries that was a flash point in the original. Accordingly, yesterday’s crowd was comprised as much by anti-Trump forces, who held up signs depicting the president as Hitler, as it was pro-Muslim.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) February 19, 2017
There was a certain irony in the choice of venue for the demonstration. This was more evident in who failed to turn out than who did. For example, one individual not in attendance was Faisal Shahzad, formerly of Bridgeport, Ct. Shahzad couldn’t make it because he is currently serving a life sentence at the supermax correctional facility near Florence, Colo. Shahzad, who was born in Pakistan, achieved notoriety in 2010 when he set a car bomb to explode in one of New York’s most crowded locations. That location was Times Square, where yesterday’s rally was held.
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