After Trump’s Win, Muslim Women Say They’re Afraid to Wear the Hijab in Public

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Muslim-American women attend the annual Eid al-Adha prayer held at the Teaneck Armory in Teaneck, New Jersey.Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump became the president-elect of the United States. Trump has openly suggested that Muslims ought to be stopped from immigrating to the United States, and although he later backed off on that proposal, he has floated the idea of implementing other methods to track Muslims in this country.

Shortly after Trump’s victory was announced, Muslim women took to Twitter to express their fear that they might become the target of hate crimes — a real and frightening possibility, given the rise of Islamophobia following the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote. Many warned against wearing the hijab in public.

Others expressed their support and vowed to keep their hijabs on as a message to the impending administration.