Last night Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih, was crowned Miss USA. Fakih is a Lebanese-American and the first Muslim to ever win the crown. Needless to say the right is up in arms over this. Here’s a list of responses compiled by Think Progress:
– Conservative radio host Debbie Schlussel blamed Fakih’s win on a supposed “politically correct, Islamo-pandering climate” in America and labeled her a “Lebanese Muslim Hezbollah supporter with relatives who are top terrorists.” [5/16/10]
– Right wing pundit and Fox contributor Michelle Malkin ranted that “Fakih’s cheerleaders are too busy tooting the identity politics horn to care what comes out of her mouth” and that “the Miss USA pageant didn’t want to risk the wrath of the open-borders mob.” [5/16/10]
– Conservative author Daniel Pipes, who was briefly appointed by former President George W. Bush to the U.S. Institute of Peace, opined that “this surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants makes me suspect an odd form of affirmative action.” [5/16/10]
– Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson complained that Woolard’s “informed opinion” may have cost her the crown, and said that Fakih may have won because we live in a “PC society.” [5/17/10]
And there you have the racist right. With such paranoid, childish voices on the right, it’s amazing that any Muslim would view our country favorably. These people are the driving force behind terrorist recruiting and violence. Thankfully they represent a small minority in America and the future generations are looking much more promising to shut these nitwits up with their louder voices of reason.