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How Do We Explain to Young People We Have a Sexist, Racist Islamophobe in the White House?

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“We failed our young people. We failed generations to come,” says Linda Sarsour in response to the upset victory of Donald Trump for president after he ran on a campaign to ban all Muslims from the United States. Sarsour is director of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change, and co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.

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AMY GOODMAN: I want to go to Linda Sarsour, who started MPower, a well-known Muslim leader in New York and around the country. Yes, Donald Trump, to the end of his campaign, talked about banning Muslims. Your thoughts today?

LINDA SARSOUR: I’m going to be honest with you. I’m horrified. I’m absolutely beyond myself. I had a 12-year-old daughter sobbing at home. We failed our young people. We failed generations to come. I agree with Nikole: It’s a mirror up to our face as a nation, that this is who we are and who we have been. And anyone who has denied us that truth is why we are in the place that we are in right now. And we have a president right now who has access to executive orders. He has access to nuclear codes. He is going to appoint the next Supreme Court justice, which will live for generations after his presidency. I am appalled that I am sitting right now having to figure out how to explain to young people across this country, including my own children, why we have a sexist, misogynist, racist Islamaphobe in the White House. I’m just—I haven’t slept all night. I have no idea. I’m speechless.

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