Del. David Ramadan, a state Republican legislator from Northern Virginia, drew the ire of Donald Trump’s supporters this week. After Del. Ramadan criticized Trump via Twitter for opposing the Virginia GOP’s requirement for Republican primary voters to sign statements of party affiliation, an angry mob of Trump fans descended upon Del. Ramadan’s Twitter account, making some of the most absurd statements I’ve seen in a long time. Ramadan received thousands of hateful messages, accusing him of being an enabler of terrorism, with supposed ties to ISIS, Hezbollah, and other Islamist groups.
This incident serves as a classic example of how ridiculous--and xenophobic--Donald Trump’s supporters can be. It's also a reminder of the danger of Trump's low-information, utterly fascistic rhetoric.
Ramadan’s record speaks for itself. He moved to the U.S. from Lebanon to study at George Mason University, and has worked on behalf of conservatism ever since. He followed all the rules, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Today, Ramadan is a successful business owner, and a member of the oldest continually serving legislative body in the western hemisphere. As a state Delegate, he's been a constant supporter of the Constitution, protecting the unborn, and limited government. Simply put, his story embodies the American Dream. Instead of insulting a good and decent person like David Ramadan, Trump’s supporters should get a life--and find something better to do.