TEXAS – American Muslim stand-up comic Mohammed Amer ended up next to President-elect’s third son, Eric Trump, on a flight to Scotland Wednesday, and he said he used the opportunity to ask the president-elect’s son about the incoming administration.
“Hey guys heading to Scotland to start the UK. Tour and I am ‘randomly’ chosen to sit next to non other than Eric Trump,” Amer wrote on Facebook early on Thursday, December 1, Al-Arabiya reported.
“Good news guys Muslims will not have to check in and get IDs. That’s what I was told. I will be asking him a lot of questions on this trip to Glasgow, Scotland. Sometimes God just sends you the material.”
He followed the comment with the hash tags #ThisisNotAnEndorsement and #Trump2016ComedyTour.
The post went viral immediately, getting more than 1,100 reactions and nearly 235 shares.
Many people also commented on the post, more than 160, asking Amer to pressing questions of Trump junior, while others were less forgiving.
Siraaj Muhammad wrote: “Ask him what they plan to do about the white supremicists in his father’s team and all of them that support his father from among the people.”
Sara Wessling commented: “You are a better person than I am Mo. I would have asked to move”, to which the comic replied that the seat was “too comfortable”.
Back on the plane about an hour after the original posting, Mohammed Amer then announced that the flight was about to take off.
He wrote: “Hey guys planes taking off…if I disappear and don’t make it on tour YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO ME!!”
On the campaign trail, the president-elect had promised to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
He later backed off from a complete ban, saying his proposal would keep immigrants from countries that have been “compromised by terrorism.”
The surprising election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president is having its negative impact on American Muslims.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of harassment and intimidation since Trump was elected. Many were directed toward African Americans, immigrants, Muslims and the LGBT community.