“I think Islam hates us,” said Donald Trump, 24 hours before the Republican presidential debate in Miami and four days after losing two key states to GOP rival, Ted Cruz.

Trump’s declaration was neither rhetorically novel or substantively different from his string of campaign slanders on Islam. The very idea that a religion could hate a people is a preposterous statement. But, the statement is rooted in the very ignorance and hate that sprung Trump’s Muslim ban proposal, which made him the darling of bigots and surged him up the polls.

Islamophobia – the suspicion and fear of Islam and its 1.7 billion adherents – is less a political ideology for Trump, but a carefully constructed and tactfully deployed campaign strategy.

Source: Donald Trump and electing Islamophobia – Al Jazeera English