The Donald Trump presidency is still sinking in for many Muslims in Massachusetts, one of the groups he offended the most on the campaign trail.
For some, the Muslim ban and registry he talked about are hard to forget.
Aside from fears and concerns, many Muslims are wondering if Trump will actually follow through on what he said in the past.
After Election Day Asima Silva says life as a Muslim-American got even more complicated.
She says it’s hard to forget what President-Elect Ttrump said on the campaign trail.
Silva said, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, until our countries representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
Silva, her husband, and five children live in Holden and have no idea if Trump will actually follow through on that anti-Muslim rhetoric which included talk about a possible registry. But there is still genuine concern.
John Robbins with the Council on American Islamic relations says Muslims can no longer go at it alone in America and says there’s a sense of urgency to partner with others to create a united front.
Robbins said, “You’re going to see a lot more interfaith events. You’re going to see a lot more meetings between the Muslim, community, the Hispanic community, the LGBT community.”
They’re communities President-Elect Trump offended on his way to the white house.
Nadeem Mazen is the first Muslim-American in the Cambridge City Counsel and says after this election, he's hopeful many more Muslims will be civically engaged.
Silva is also the first Muslim-American on the Wachusett School Committee, and says she’s used to bridge building, and despite everything he’s said wants to give Trump a chance.
She said, “He said he wanted to represent all people, and if that’s the case I do want to work with him.”
Any mention of Muslims is now off Trump’s campaign website. No one from his camp returned our requests for an explanation.