#MuslimsReport trends after presidential debate

By Kassie Boyd, staff writer

Following the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Republican candidate Donald Trump sparked a media frenzy and trending hashtag: #MuslimsReport. A muslim woman asked both candidates about Islamophobia, a pressing issue in the 2016 election. Both answered, but Trump’s reply was especially scrutinized: “We have to be sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on.”
‘Muslim twitter’ responded accordingly, in what turned out to be a satirical parody.

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Possibly the most popular tweet, with 91,000 retweets and 179,000 favorites came from Moustafa Bayoumi, an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College.

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This election is no stranger to internet satire. From more humorous hashtags like #WhenTrumpisElected, to more serious ones, such as #ImWithHer, and #NeverTrump, social media has played a major role in both campaigns.

 

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