Another sports legend and devout Muslim, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, swung and connected on Trump, too, hitting the billionaire businessman even harder.
On Wednesday, the Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion wrote a Time magazine column entitled, "What Donald Trump and ISIS Have in Common."
In it, Abdul-Jabbar explains that "Trump is ISIS’s greatest triumph" because like the extremist group, Trump is playing on people's fear.
"The perfect Manchurian Candidate who, instead of offering specific and realistic policies, preys on the fears of the public, doing ISIS’s job for them," the hoops legend and longtime social activist wrote in the column about Trump. "Even fellow Republican Jeb Bush acknowledged Trump’s goal is 'to manipulate people’s angst and fears.'"
And Abdul-Jabbar was just beginning to tear into Trump with the pen.
"Trump’s latest enemy du jour are Muslims. He’s the schoolyard bully rallying classmates to make fun of the skinny kid with glasses," Abdul-Jabbar said. "When President Obama said that 'Muslim-Americans are our friends and our neighbors; our co-workers, our sports heroes,' Trump quickly tweeted: 'What sport is he talking about, and who?'
"The press immediately provided him with a list, as well as photos of Trump with prominent Muslim-American sports figures, including Shaquille O’Neal, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and, yes, me," he continued explaining. "What makes his statement even more insidious is the suggestion that, even if there were no Muslim sports heroes, Muslims would somehow be lesser people, less worthy. This cruel and dim-witted thinking is not the stuff presidents are made of."
Abdul-Jabbar also made sure to address Trump's outrageously disrespectful proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
"Trump’s claims that he might support registering Muslims as well as call for a ban of Muslims from entering the United States — even U.S. citizens abroad — have elevated him to the level of a James Bond super-villain," Abdul-Jabbar said. "And like those villains, he is doomed to failure. Even former vice president Dick Cheney condemned Trump: his proposals go 'against everything we stand for and believe.'
"There’s absolutely no evidence that his unconstitutional ideas would help in any way," he continued, "quite the opposite."
You can say that again. Ali and Abdul-Jabbar 2, Trump 0.
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