Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar strode on-stage at the Democratic National Convention and informed the crowd that he was “Michael Jordan,” and that he was there to support Hillary Clinton.
The crowd initially seemed confused by his comment, until he explained that “I said that because I knew Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
Abdul-Jabbar then launched into a moving speech about Muslims serving in the armed forces, including Captain Humayan Khan, who died in service after 9/11. His family had emigrated from the United Arab Emirates, and Abdul-Jabbar claimed that the kind of ban on Muslim immigration that Trump proposes is “the very kind of tyranny [Thomas] Jefferson abhorred.”
He compared Jefferson’s defense of religious freedom to “the ‘religious freedom’ acts like those signed by [Trump running mate] Mike Pence, which are the very opposite, because they encourage religious discrimination.”
“At [their] core, such acts are the result of fear,” he said, concluding that Americans need to stand up and say “not here, not ever.”