Shortly after President-elect Donald Trump won election on Nov. 8, a former Georgetown University professor who is also a Muslim publicly explained her support for Trump in an op-ed column.
From that moment on, Asra Q. Nomani was subjected to a steady stream of attacks that she has documented in her effort to have an associate professor at Georgetown disciplined. In those attacks, C. Christine Fair called Nomani a “fame-mongering clown show” and a “fraud.”
— Asra Q. Nomani (@AsraNomani) December 23, 2016
Nomani’s column, published Nov. 10 in The Washington Post, said she was a liberal in principle, but that two main issues were swaying her vote.
“I am a single mother who can’t afford health insurance under Obamacare. … I see rural America and ordinary Americans, like me, still struggling to make ends meet, after eight years of the Obama administration,” she wrote.
Democrats’ policies on Islamic terrorism also shaped her decision.
” … as a liberal Muslim who has experienced, first-hand, Islamic extremism in this world, I have been opposed to the decision by President Obama and the Democratic Party to tap dance around the ‘Islam’ in Islamic State,” she continued.
That earned her a stream of venom from Fair, who at one point told Nomani, “I’ve written you off as a human being.”
“The attacks against me by a professor at Georgetown University are particularly disturbing because Georgetown gave me a home to complete the investigation of the murder of my friend and colleague Danny Pearl by militants in Pakistan,” Nomani said.
“I would like to see Georgetown uphold its values for peace and civil discourse. And I would gently urge anyone who is as disturbed as I am about Prof. Fair’s conduct to remain civil and not engage in any personal attacks because we have to be the civility we want to see in the world,” she wrote in part of the weeks-long process of filing a complaint against Fair.
— Asra Q. Nomani (@AsraNomani) December 27, 2016
Throughout November and December, Fair attacked Nomani, calling her a “wretch,” “clueless dolt” and a fame-seeker.
— Deplorable Darren (@AltRightDarren) December 28, 2016
In one exchange, preserved by Nomani as part of her complaint against Fair, Nomani told Fair to “take a deep breath & step away from the keyboard.”
On Dec. 6, Fair wrote “an open letter” on Facebook, in which Fair told Nomani to “f— off” and “GO TO H—.”
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