Asra Nomani, a self-described “happy liberal,” is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and Muslim who voted for Trump, she says to counter Islamic extremism and political correctness, Washington Post reports.
Nomani says she struggled to afford insurance and mortgage payments while trying to use Obama-run programs and rejects the homogenization of what’s acceptable to say or believe:
“I believe in progressive values but I do believe that we have a liberal honor brigade nowadays that is basically shutting up and silencing people who disagree with them.”
Nomani says what really killed her chances of supporting Clinton were the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of donations from Qatar and Saudi Arabia while fully aware of those government’s support for ISIS.
From her Washington Post op-ed explaining her choice:
“The revelations of multimillion-dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation from Qatar and Saudi Arabia killed my support for Clinton. Yes, I want equal pay. No, I reject Trump’s ‘locker room’ banter, the idea of a ‘wall’ between the United States and Mexico and a plan to ‘ban’ Muslims. But I trust the United States and don’t buy the political hyperbole — agenda-driven identity politics of its own — that demonized Trump and his supporters.”
“What worried me the most were my concerns about the influence of theocratic Muslim dictatorships, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, in a Hillary Clinton America. These dictatorships are no shining examples of progressive society with their failure to offer fundamental human rights and pathways to citizenship to immigrants from India, refugees from Syria and the entire class of de facto slaves that live in those dictatorships.”
Nomani also responded to critics who say voters that supported Trump support hatred, ignorance and division.
“That would presumably include me — but it doesn’t, and that is where the dismissal of voter concerns about Clinton led to her defeat. I most certainly reject the trifecta of ‘hatred/division/ignorance.’ I support the Democratic Party’s position on abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change.”