Wake up this morning to see you’ve used my Son murder to further your campaign of hate, how dare you. You are a disgrace.
My daughter’s death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people.
These are powerful words from two parents whose children were murdered by a deranged psychopath. They are angry because their children’s deaths are being exploited by President Trump in his attempt to justify his illegal and unconstitutional ban from seven Muslim-predominant nations.
Their names were Mia Ayliffe-Chung and Tom Jackson. Twenty-one year old Mia was stabbed to death by an obsessed man who was suffering from severe mental disorders. He also stabbed Tom Jackson, who had stepped in to try to help Mia. The murderer was named Smail Ayed, and as he committed these heinous crimes, he allegedly yelled, “Allahu akbar” in the midst of what the Washington Post calls “incoherent ramblings.”
Mia’s mother, Rosie, wrote a pain-stricken letter to The Independent last year. The purpose was to tell the story Mia and the story of a mother’s grief. But she also dealt with the claims that Ayed was an Islamic Extremest. “My brother asked me what I would do or say in a hypothetical world if I could meet Mia’s killer. Much nonsense is being spoken in the press about her alleged killer. The TV engineer who visited yesterday said, “Well we know what that was about, it was that Moslemic terrorism!”. Thanks for clarifying. Smail Ayad – the French man being held on suspicion of my daughter’s murder – is not an Islamic fundamentalist, he has never set foot in a mosque.”
So last week when President Trump released his list of under-covered terrorist attacks, the fact that Mia’s murder was listed really stirred an anger in her mother. She recognized that Trump was lying about the circumstances of this attack in order to justify his actions in issuing his highly-controversial executive order. He was not only exploiting Mia’s murder for his own selfish gain, he was completely falsifying the circumstances in order for the story to fit his own twisted narrative.
In response, Rosie penned an open letter to Trump on her Twitter account, completely blasting him for his actions.
— Rosie Ayliffe (@RosieAyliffe) February 7, 2017
Rosie’s efforts were echoed by the parents of Tom Jackson, the heroic backpacker who tried to say Mia’s life. Tom’s mother, Sandra, posted her own condemnation of Trump’s exploitative lie.
@realDonaldTrump wake up this morning to see you’ve used my Son murder to further your campaign of hate, how dare you. You are a disgrace.
— Sandra Jackson (@sandrajackson11) February 7, 2017
We here at The Proud Liberal offer our deepest condolences to both families, and we want to know that we stand united with you in your effort to stand against hate and bigotry!